by Sarah Crawford, News.com.au
A WOMAN has explained to a court why she has chosen to forgive her husband for cutting off two of her fingers and two of her toes in a horrific machete attack.
Tiperia Afamiliona, 45, wrote in a Victim Impact Statement tendered to Campbelltown District Court, "for myself I have forgiven him so I can move forward…this does not mean it is okay."
Still bearing significant scars to her hands, arms and legs, Ms Afamiliona attended the sentencing of her husband Atinae Afamiliona, 50, who was given nine years in jail with six years non-parole by Acting Judge Gregory Grogin.
Afamiliona, a serial domestic violence offender, attacked his wife with a machete on the corner of Raby and Campbelltown roads in Western Sydney on August 29 last year.
The couple were driving home when they began to argue about their relationship and Ms Afamiliona said they should separate.
Afamiliona pulled the car over and began attacking his wife with a machete that he kept under a car seat.
Before this happened I was a very independent women... Whenever I go out I hide my hands so no one can see. I see my scars every day and that makes me feel angry
He struck her at least 10 times hacking at her arms and hands which she raised to protect herself. When Mrs Afamiliona crawled under their car to try to escape him he continued hacking at her exposed legs.
Acting Judge Grogin described the attack as a, "brutal, unprovoked, unabated, unrelenting, vicious attack on the victim who at the time was trying to protect herself and trying to escape the perpetrator by crawling under the car."
At a previous sentencing hearing Mrs Afamiliona wrote a letter supporting her husband and asking for leniency on behalf of herself.
She wrote that she had a "part to play" in the machete attack and that her husband was, "a good man and a loving father."
Ms Afamiliona's support for her husband was more reserved in her Victim Impact Statement which was tendered on Thursday.
"Before this happened I was a very independent women... Whenever I go out I hide my hands so no one can see. I see my scars every day and that makes me feel angry..."
She said the attack had divided her family and she now feels alone and sad.
Acting Judge Grogin said Afamiliona's history of domestic violence showed his "willingness to flout the law."
Afamiliona had three previous domestic violence offences on his record.
This included throwing a beer bottle at his wife and threatening her with a knife and breaching a Apprehended Violence Order by going to his wife's home against court orders.
Acting Judge Grogin said a, "severe penalty" was warranted "regardless of the attitude of the victim."
"Violence in a domestic situation is inexcusable. Family members of all ages should feel safe and free from harm in their own home."
Afamiliona will be eligible for parole on the 29 August 2022.
People who are seeking support in relation to family or sexual violence can call the National Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence National Help Line on 1800 737 732