Jail time doubled for sadistic knife attacker
The Court of Criminal Appeal has doubled the sentence imposed on a man who slashed his ex-girlfriend's face with a knife, and wrote the word "AIDS" on a wardrobe in her blood.
Following a successful appeal by the State, presiding judge Mr Justice Nial Fennelly said the appeal court would impose a nine-year sentence on Mauritian national Ashik Imamboccus (29).
During the sadistic attack Imamboccus, who came to Ireland illegally and is the subject of a deportation order, told the woman he was going to help her die, tried to cut a tattoo of his name on her hip and told her he would give her AIDs, before writing the word with her blood on a wardrobe door.
The victim woke "with a piercing pain to her cheek" to find Imamboccus sitting on top of her cutting her face with a knife.
Ms Jadwiga Marek later told gardai Imamboccus appeared sober "and had a grin on his face and seemed to be enjoying it".
She twice tried to get away from him, by pushing a bed against a door and locking herself in the bathroom but Imamboccus forced his way into the rooms each time, telling her, "I have not finished with you. You are going to die".
In May 2011, Judge Martin Nolan imposed a four-and-a-half-year sentence on Imamboccus after he pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Court to intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Ms Marek at Loftus Court Apartments, Parnell Street, on May 6, 2010.
The appeal court judge was satisfied Judge Nolan committed an error in judgment and that the appropriate starting point should instead be a sentence of 12 years.
He said, however, that, having taken into account mitigating factors, the court believed the 12-year sentence should be remitted down to one of nine years.