By David Boroff
New York Daily News
The transgender woman who attacked two people with an ax in a 7-Eleven in Australia claims she heard a voice that told her to “kill, maim and inflict pain on people.”
Evie Amati claims she does not remember the brutal assaults, which took place in the inner Sydney suburb of Enmore in January 2017.
She said in court on Thursday that she had smoked cannabis at her home, about 1,500 feet from the store, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. She said she had drank vodka and took a pill that may have been ecstasy.
Amati plunged into a “depressive episode,” she said, because she thought a woman she met on Tinder and her housemate were talking about her being transgender, according to the newspaper.
After the disappointing date, she said she started hearing voices.
“They stopped being whispers. They started being actual words,” she said in court, according to the newspaper. “I started seeing some of the violent visions I’d seen previously of me running at police with the ax and being shot dead.”
She said a voice told her to “kill, maim and inflict pain on people and start the rise of hell on Earth.”
Surveillance video shows Amati talking to a man near the 7-Eleven counter before she suddenly attacks him. She then strikes a woman who is trying to leave the convenience store.
Amati was found unconscious near the store and was taken to a hospital.
“At that stage, had you any idea of the damage that you’d done to persons by your body’s actions?” her attorney Charles Waterstreet asked.
“No,” she responded.
She wanted to write an apology to the victims but was advised against it by her lawyer.
“It was the worst day of my life,” she said in court, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. “To think I’d put other people’s lives in danger made me feel so ashamed of myself. They were innocent. They did nothing to deserve what happened.”
Video of the attack can be viewed on Twitter.
This article was originally published on July 18, 2018
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