By Sonia Hickey and Ugur Nedim
CCTV footage of a blonde woman entering a convenience store and attacking two people with an axe has gone viral on social media.
The horrifying footage shows the woman strolling into the 7-Eleven store in Enmore in Sydney’s inner-west wielding a large axe, before walking up to her first victim, Ben Rimmer.
Axed in the head
The pair chat for a few seconds and, as Mr Rimmer turns to pay for his pie, the woman swings the axe and strikes him in the head, knocking him onto his back.
The woman then walks up behind another customer, Sharon Hacker, and hits her in the back of the head with the axe.
Police allege that a woman by the name of Evie Amanti is the axe wielding assailant. They believe those involved were unknown to each other.
“It’s a terrible incident,” said Inspector Rupert Agnew from Marrickville Police. “You’ve got people just going about their business in a store in the early morning and someone walks in with a completely random attack.”
Police say Ms Amanti was located only a few doors away from the incident, and that she was arrested with the axe in her possession.
Charged with Grievous Bodily Harm with intent
Police have charged the 24-year old with two counts of two counts of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent under section 33 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW), which attracts a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment.
The offence also comes with a ‘standard non parole period’ of 7 years’ imprisonment, which is a guidepost or reference point when a sentencing judge is determining the minimum period an offender must spend behind bars.
To secure a conviction, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that Amanti:
- Wounded or caused GBH to the victim/s, and
- Intended to do so.
GBH is defined as ‘really serious harm’, and includes any permanent disfigurement, or skull or brain damage.
Wounding is defined as any breaking of the two layers of skin, namely the dermis and epidermis.
Back to Ms Amati…
It has been reported that Ms Amati used to be a man named Karl until undergoing a gender transition four years ago.
She did not offer a plea in court, but did ask for access to medication used by people changing their gender from male to female. She was refused bail and has been remanded in custody.
The female victim, Ms Hacker believes her thick dreadlocks saved her life. The other victim, Mr Rimmer, suffered serious facial injuries and remains in hospital.