When we step out our door, whether to start a vacation, head to work or even run to the local convenience store for a last-minute gallon of milk, we are assuming that the journey there and back will be as safe as it was every time before. Most of the time, this is a pretty reasonable assumption.
After all, we’ve made it to and from 7-Eleven plenty of times before without incident, so why should this time be any different? Shane was thinking the exact same thing that fateful evening, but that was an assumption he obviously shouldn’t have made…
Run to the Store
It was a cool January evening and Shane was out on the street. He had lived in the inner Sydney suburb of Enmore for much of his life, and he’d found it, like almost all his fellow suburbanites, to be a pretty safe place to live. On this night, as he passed the local 7-Eleven across the street, he heard something peculiar.
He looked around to see what was making the sound when he saw one woman, a shorter one with a mass of dreadlocks, being hit in the head by another woman with what looked like a baseballs bat. If this was some sort of fight, it had obviously escalated to a point where Shane believe he might have to get the police involved…
Suddenly, he saw the dreadlocked woman hit the ground with a thud. Blood splattered everywhere, spraying the other woman. A few hundred feet away, another man, named Nathan Wood, watched the same scene taking place. Only what he saw was a woman with a bloodied weapon heading out of the 7-Eleven and directly for Shane.
Coming Towards Him
Shane noticed this too. The woman with the baseball bat was heading right towards him now. She wasn’t running though, she walked with purpose and an expression of impassiveness on her face. As she got closer, he could see that the weapon she was carrying was no piece of sports equipment, but a full-sized axe…
Nathan Wood, now also worried for his life, didn’t know what to do. Should he stop the woman from going after Shane, or try to flee himself? Shane, who had a leg injury which prevented him from running, was now faced with the irrefutable fact that this woman was about to attack him with a real, honest-to-goodness axe.
Looking around for anything he could use to defend himself, Shane Redwood grabbed hold of the backpack he had slung over his shoulder and held it in front of him. The crazed woman approached him and, just as he had expected, swung at him with the axe. He backed up, trying his best to swing his backpack and knock the weapon out of the way, but he was quite outmatched…
He kept swinging the backpack at the axe, but it was only a matter of time until the relentless assailant connected. The woman slashed at the air with the axe and Shane blocked it, but the hit was so hard that the bag flew out of his hands. He was now completely unarmed and he knew that even if he turned and ran, he wouldn’t get far.
Try to Run
Because of his disability, Shane wasn’t really going to be able to run fast enough if she gave chase, but he had to try. He ran across the busy road and miraculously, found that the attacker didn’t follow him. Instead, the axe-wielding woman continued walking down the road, right towards Nathan Wood…
Turned Towards Him
It was like something out of a horror movie. Nathan remembered how slow, steady, and deliberate she looked as she made her way towards him. He ran down the road, as fast as his legs could carry him until he was far enough away to call 911 and get the police to the scene. He had no idea the true wake of destruction she’d left in the 7-Eleven…
That Monday night, evening shoppers Ben Rimmer and Sharon Hacker had both gone into their local 7-Eleven for different reasons. Neither of them had expected that 26-year-old Evie Amati would also be in the store that night, wielding an axe with deadly intent. That realization would only come once they felt the sting of her blade…
When Ben had first seen the axe-wielding woman that night, he thought she was just a weirdo shopping with some costume prop, perhaps even for a viral video. It wasn’t until she walked up to him and took a swing at his face, that he realized his mistake. The blow left a 10 cm laceration across his face and fractured his nose, cheek, and his eye socket.
Luckily, the blow didn’t damage his eye itself. In that moment, surprised as he was, he had no idea what had actually happened. “Then I stood up and all the blood, bleeding profusely, it wouldn’t stop. And that’s when I started to panic. I thought I would bleed out,” he explained afterward. But Evie Amati wasn’t done…
Miss Hacker, who had no idea what was going on as she was rung up, was leaving the store when she heard a whooshing sound behind her head. The force of the blow knocked her to the ground and she felt that strong, light-headed sensation of falling. She looked up behind her to see a blonde-haired woman carrying an axe.
It was only then that she put two and two together and realized that on her routine trip to 7-Eleven, she’d been hit over the head with a bloody axe. She fell unconscious for a time and when she came to again was being loaded into an ambulance. She still had no idea what the full ramifications of the attack would be…
Sharon Hacker’s assault left her with a fractured skull and ongoing nerve pain, pain so great that she is still unable to sleep for more than three hours at a time, even many months later. As for the axe attacker, Miss Evie Amati, was picked up by police soon after, having claimed no more victims along the road.
When the case was brought to court later that year, the Prosecutor in charge made sure to mention that if it weren’t for Miss Hacker’s dreadlocks, she might have actually been killed by the attack. They acted as a sort of shield against the weapon, preventing a more serious injury or brain damage. Speaking of brain damage…
Evie Amati has pleaded not guilty to all of the six charges levied against her, which are for causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder. Her argument is that she was experiencing a bout of mental illness at the time and that her actions were not her fault. This would be a reasonable defence if it weren’t for one small detail.
You see, prior to going out into public wielding a deadly weapon, Moss Amati had sent out a Facebook message to a woman she had met on Tinder that had a pretty obviously violent sentiment. She told the woman that, “Most people deserve to die. I hate people” and “One day, I’m going to kill a lot of people.” This was less than an hour before she went to 7-Eleven…
Brain in Control
Charles Waterstreet, who is representing Ms. Amati, said that thanks to the very clear CCTV footage they collected from the 7-Eleven, there can be no doubt that it was she who swung the axe. However, his question for the jury is “whether the mind, brain, or soul of Evie Amati holds any legal or moral responsibility for the body’s actions that night.”
Today, the trial before Judge Mark Williams continues with no immediate sign of resolution. The question we need to ask ourselves is whether or not Evie Amati’s intentions were the work of mental illness, or of her own misanthropy. While we await an answer, what do you readers think?