Sydney axe attacks: Woman jailed for wounding 7-Eleven customers

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Evie Amati (centre) wounded two shoppers in the attack in Sydney

A woman who randomly attacked two people with an axe in an Australian convenience store has been jailed.

Evie Amati, 26, seriously wounded the man and woman at a 7-Eleven in Sydney in January 2017. She swung her axe at a third customer but did not injure him.

Amati pleaded not guilty on mental health grounds at a trial last year, but a court rejected her argument.

On Friday, a judge sentenced her to a maximum nine years in prison for the “very serious” incident.

“The risk of death was high in each cases and the fact that death did not occur was entirely a matter of good fortune,” Judge Mark Williams told the New South Wales District Court.

Security footage played during the trial showed Amati approaching her first victim, Ben Rimmer, as he waited to buy a meat pie.

After a brief conversation, she struck Mr Rimmer in the face. He was knocked to the ground with a 10cm (4in) facial wound and fractures.

Amati attacked Ben Rimmer (pictured) as he waited to buy a meat pie

She then attacked her second victim, Sharon Hacker, near the door, fracturing the woman’s skull.

Amati turned on a third customer, Shane Redwood, but he shielded himself using his backpack. She was arrested shortly after.

The court heard that Amati had been “out of her mind” after consuming drugs, alcohol and prescription medication.

She testified that her mental health had declined prior to the attack, after she began taking hormones to transition from male to female.

However, a jury rejected her lawyer’s argument that she was suffering from “mental derangement”.

Amati will be eligible for parole in 2021.


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