A woman who feared for her life when her estranged husband repeatedly stabbed her in the face, scalp, neck, arms and body with a serrated kitchen knife says WA’s justice system is letting down victims of domestic violence.
Biljana Naumoski said yesterday she was disgusted that Alen Naumoski, 25, could walk free on parole once he has served three years for the attack in September last year.
Naumoski, who was originally charged with his former partner’s attempted murder, was sentenced to five years jail on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent to maim, disfigure or disable.
He will be eligible for release on parole in September 2014.
Ms Naumoski said she could not comprehend why State prosecutors downgraded the charge and was angry there was nothing she could do the prevent the change.
“Victims are ignored,” Ms Naumoski said.
“There should be tougher penalties for domestic violence offenders.”
Sitting in the dining room of her family’s Girrawheen home, the young mother’s body and face is covered in purple scars — a permanent reminder of where he plunged the knife as she tried to flee in fear.
Naumoski waited more than an hour for his former wife before the attack, which occurred just hours after the expiry of a 24-hour police order which prevented him attending her home, the District Court was told.
Judge Philip McCann told Naumoski he kept stabbing his wife “for as long as it was physically possible for you to do so” and found he deliberately maimed her “so as to render her no longer beautiful”.
Ms Naumoski had a ruptured eardrum, injured spleen and permanent scarring, including on her face where her cheeks were split open from the ear to the mouth.
Her arms are lined with scars and some of her fingers are disabled and permanently numb from where she suffered defensive wounds.
The court was told that when police seized the knife, it was bent at a 90 degree angle.
The couple, who were married in June 2010 and had a daughter in May 2011, had a short but dysfunctional relationship and were separated at the time of the attack.
Ms Naumoski said yesterday she did not know how she survived the attack, but recalled how she was determined she did not want her daughter to grow up without a mother.
“My daughter was the light in everything,” she said.
Ms Naumoski, who hopes to one day be able to help counsel other victims of domestic violence, pleaded with other women to leave a relationship at the first sign of emotional and physical abuse.
The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions declined to comment on the decision to downgrade the charge.