Teen admits attempted axe murder

Emergency services treat a woman after a violent domestic incident in South Rd, Dunedin, last month. Photo / Craig Baxter
Emergency services treat a woman after a violent domestic incident in South Rd, Dunedin, last month. Photo / Craig Baxter

A teenager has admitted trying to murder his partner after splitting her skull with an axe, leaving her brain exposed.

Jerome Rahiri Folimatama, 18, admitted a charge of attempted murder when he appeared in Dunedin District Court yesterday.

The court was told Folimatama, who had a three-month-old son with the 22-year-old victim, said in his police statement that he had never felt so angry in his life after the victim taunted him at their Dunedin home on July 3, the Otago Daily Times reported.

He stabbed her repeatedly with a kitchen knife, until it broke off in her chest, then used an axe to split her skull.

He picked up their son and left the house as his partner lay on the ground. Her five-year-old son got help from neighbours.

The woman was left with a fractured skull, a perforated ear drum, broken teeth, bruising and multiple stab wounds but was recovering well.

Judge Stephen Harrop remanded him in custody to September 27 for sentencing.

- NZPA

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