Roxanne Hemsley, Eva Scolaro's glassing victim, said yesterday she could not accept her attacker was truly remorseful for the nightclub assault that left her struggling to overcome more than physical scars.
With remarkable graciousness, the mother of two told The West Australian she believed Ms Scolaro had endured hard times after the notorious incident, including six months in Perth's maximum security women's prison.
But Ms Hemsley said she could not accept Ms Scolaro's sorrow over the incident as true remorse while she maintained the glass accidentally slipped out of her hand and on to Ms Hemsley's face when the pair became involved in a dispute about drinks at the Library nightclub in 2009.
"I understand that she has done her time and I can definitely understand how it shaped her life," Ms Hemsley, 29, said. "What I am not very happy about is her . . . not really taking responsibility.
"That would say to me that she is not really sorry and that really, really hurts."
Ms Scolaro has long argued she only meant to splash her drink in Ms Hemsley's face.
But though an appeal judge found the assault had not been "unprovoked", and Ms Hemsley had first poured liquid on Ms Scolaro, it was deemed a violent and dangerous assault that warranted jail time.
Painfully shy, Ms Hemsley's willingness to detail her ordeal over the past 4 1/2 years came after Ms Scolaro opened up to _The West _this week, saying she was sorry for the injuries she caused and had endured more than a slap on the wrist.
"I can imagine it would have been very hard and I do acknowledge that, but I think she should be pretty happy with where she is at at the moment," Ms Hemsley said.
Her own story revealed she had been left with much more than physical pain and permanent scarring. "I am nervous to the pit of my stomach, and that's always there," Ms Hemsley said. "It's just triggered by different things. It changes your whole viewpoint on people, on humanity."
She said the incident had taken a toll financially and affected her whole family, with her partner changing his work so he could be based at home.
Ms Hemsley said she hoped to overcome her anxiety and move into working with animals who she now felt were less unpredictable than people.