An Auckland man who stabbed his wife with a 30cm chef's knife
when she refused sex on Valentine's Day has been sentenced to
six years and nine months in prison.
Kumar Anal Kamal, 44 and from Fiji, appeared in Auckland High
Court this morning after earlier pleading guilty to one
charge of attempted murder.
He was arrested in February last year shortly after stabbing
his wife four times in the arm, head, abdomen and chest, two
days after Valentine's Day.
He became suspicious she was seeing someone else when she
turned down sex on Valentine's Day.
Kamal spent two days thinking of ways to kill his wife,
including strangulation and chopping into her neck, Justice
Murray Gilbert said.
When she returned home from work with her 20-year-old
daughter on February 16, 2013, he was waiting for her.
He confronted her about his suspicions that she was having an
affair, provoking an argument in which he threatened to kill
He then picked up a 30cm chef's knife from the kitchen,
grabbed her by the hair and dragged her into the bedroom,
where he made her sit on the bed. When she swore at him, he
"became even more aggravated", and stabbed her four times,
injuring her arm, abdomen, chest and head.
"You only stopped when you thought that she would die,"
Justice Gilbert said.
"You explained to police that the reason for stabbing the
victim was to kill her, as simple as that."
Mrs Kamal managed to run out of the house to the driveway,
where a neighbour helped her.
Her husband then set the knife down and waited for police to
The attack was carried out on a "defenceless and
vulnerable"woman, who knew "how violent you can be", Justice
"You were considerably bigger and stronger than your victim,
and have martial arts training. You were also armed with a
Kamal, who listened intently in the dock through a Hindi
interpreter, had become angry that his wife would not adopt a
more traditional role in their home, the court heard.
He was "significantly stressed"in the months leading up to
the attack, following the couple's move to New Zealand from
Fiji, where he struggled in an "alien culture", his defence
barrister Jo Wickliffe said.
When Kamal, described as relatively uneducated and
unsophisticated, failed to find work because of health
problems, he "was not equipped to cope with the subsequent
financial and emotional reliance on his new wife", Ms
His religious upbringing clashed with that of his wife. After
he found work, taking on two jobs, he expected her to take a
traditional role, but she would not.
"The relationship deteriorated and Mrs Kamal withdrew from
the relationship," Ms Wickliffe said.
However, Crown prosecutor Bruce Northwood said the reasons
for the attack "were arrogance in the extreme, and these days
it's astounding somebody would try to kill his partner for
the reasons stated".
Justice Gilbert accepted Kamal was stressed from the culture
shock which came with the move, but said it "cannot in any
way excuse what you did".
He also noted his probation officer's evaluation that the
attack was an isolated incident, and Kamal had not shown a
propensity for violence. He also had no previous criminal
Kamal received a 25 per cent reduction on the minimum penalty
of nine years in prison for an attempted murder charge,
because of his guilty plea.
Dressed in a white polo shirt, he stood in the dock, and
spoke only at the beginning of his sentencing, saying he
wanted to "thank the Lord Jesus Christ", and bless everyone
in the courtroom.
- By Patrice Dougan of APNZ