ASLEEP in bed next to her two-year-old daughter, she was a defenceless and innocent victim.
On learning she was in a new relationship, her estranged husband Darren James Williams broke into her Toowoomba home and used both hands to plunge a knife deeply into her chest.
She woke immediately in terrible pain to find a knife sticking out of her chest; her screams waking her flatmate and her daughter.
While she survived, after emergency treatment and a complicated recovery, the outcome was sometimes in doubt.
Pretending for days it was not him through an unconvincing trail of calls and other actions to reduce police suspicion, William eventually confessed.
Williams, who was convicted of attempted murder and ordered to serve 80% of a 15-year jail term, argued his sentence was manifestly excessive.
Yesterday (Friday) the Queensland Court of Appeal disagreed which means the original sentence stands.
Williams argued he had shown insight, would not bother his wife on release and the stabbing did not leave any significant physical legacy.
Justice John Bond said the trial judge's sentence was not erroneously high when measured against the yardstick of other cases.
"... the weapon was used in a manner intended to and capable of achieving the death of the victim with a single blow," he said in a written judgment.
"The trial judge recognised that it was only by good luck that the applicant's victim survived his attack."
- APN NEWSDESK
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