7-Eleven Axe Attacker Evie Amati Sentenced To A Maximum Nine Years In Jail
Evie Amati wanted to kill – on a cocktail of booze and drugs – she picked up an axe and walked down the street.
When she got to the Enmore 7-Eleven customers thought she was playing dress up – until she started swinging.
Benjamin Rimmer was slashed to the head so violently his face was split open down to the bone. As he bled out on the floor, Amati turned her attention on Sharon Hacker. The thick bundle of dreadlocks Hacker wore was the only thing that stopped her from losing her head.
Amati swung a second time but missed Hacker. She then walked out of the store and onto the street. It’s there she found Shane Redwood. She swung at him twice but he saw her coming and defended himself with a backpack.
Today a judge handed Amati a maximum nine-year prison sentence but with parole, she could be out as early as July 2021.
“The risk of death was high in each of the cases, and the fact that death did not occur was entirely a matter of good fortune.” Judge Mark Williams said.
“She continues to report having no memory of committing the offences, but remembers experiencing homicidal auditory hallucinations, visions and feeling scared.”
The 26-year-old had a cocktail of prescription medication, illicit drugs and booze in her system the night of the January 2017 attack. The transgender woman also had a history of mental illness, suffering depression after schoolyard bullying and her transition.
Right before the attack, she argued with a Tinder date, telling the woman;
“This is why I don’t do people… Exactly this reason... Because they deserve to die…. I saw nothing but hate in your eyes... you see me as a guy. One day I’m going to kill a lot of people.”
But the court heard Amati has been on her best behaviour in prison – where she’s been ever since her arrest – and completed a number of programs to get clean and make better choices.
One of her victims - Benjamin Rimmer – watched on as the Judge summarised his victim impact statement.
“One of his biggest challenges is accepting his altered physical appearance which causes him distress every time he looks in the mirror. He remembers lying on the ground and thinking he was going to die and never see his pregnant wife again or meet his son.”
Amati will be eligible for parole in July 2021.