A mother-of-one has relived her battle for survival after she woke up in bed to find her abusive boyfriend hacking at her head with a machete.
Sarah Whetham, 31, was asleep at 5am when 40-year old Aron Condor suddenly began raining down blows on her with such ferocity the knife’s handle fell off.
The victim managed to flee her her home when Condor began to turn the blade on himself – but she was left critical ill with severe injuries to her head and hands.
She underwent emergency treatment which saved her life but her terminally father passed away just nine days after the attack last February 24.
She was left with one metres of scarring across her shoulder and head and suffers recurring nightmares about the incident.
At Manchester Crown Court a heartbreaking statement from Miss Whetham was read out as Condor, was jailed for 12 years and eight months after he admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
He was originally charged with attempted murder but claimed he had been having cocaine fuelled meltdown.
She said: "The events of this day will stay with me for the rest of my life. The person who I thought was the man of my dreams, to attack me with a machete is unjustifiable.
"What did I do to deserve this – nothing as far as I can see and no one deserves what I went through. I am still hurting physically and mentally.
"I can’t sleep much without sleeping tablets. Whatever sentence he gets will not make up what he did to me. I also lost my dad due to this.
"I remember could feel I was getting weaker as I left that house but all I could think about was that I wasn’t going, I needed to see my dad.
"He only had months to live but didn’t make it nine days after this and I didn’t get to see him again as we lost him whilst I was in hospital.
"My mum should have been grieving for her soulmate but she was looking after her daughter again. I wasn’t able to cut my own food or put on my own bra which was embarrassing as a woman.
"I have one metre length in scars if they were all put together. I feel like I lost everything that day. I can only hope he is remorseful and gets the help he needs. All I can do is try to move forward."
Even now months later I am traumatised by it. I have constant recurring nightmares and need medication to sleep.
"I have had to go to the GP due to anxiety and upset I feel, and have been told I have PTSD and suffer from flashbacks. I have tried a number of antidepressants – I don’t like taking them but they do help me.
"I get bad headaches and shooting pains due to the injuries. I have two scars that I am self conscious about, but my hair is finally growing back and I am starting to get the feeling back in my shoulder.
"I have a large scar on my shoulder. The injury on my hand is the most painful and it makes daily life difficult. I am right handed so this makes things hard. I just consider myself lucky to have survived."
The court heard the couple had met in 2016 during a night out and at first their relationship was good but he began to suffer from depression and took cannabis and cocaine and the romance began to crumble.
Prosecutor Andrea Lock: "She recounts there were more incidents of violence between them.
"He became violent towards her and was fuelled with paranoia and in the early hours of 24th February he had been on an alcohol and drug fuelled binge for 72 hours.
"As a measure of caution she withdrew from the downstairs area and went to bed – but did however make a conscious decision to remain fully clothed in case she needed to leave quickly in case he got violent.
"She awoke to find him raining blows on her back and head. Initially she thought he was punching her but as she tried to get into a seated position she realised she was bleeding.
"He was slashing her with a large machete which caused catastrophic wounds to her head and body. He then turned it on himself and chopped at his own neck. This gave her an opportunity to run from the bedroom and flee from the house.
"She sought help from a nearby neighbour who heard her screams. The neighbour tried to stop the bleeding and called emergency services. The defendant then appeared and collapsed.
"When tested, he had cannabis and cocaine along with alcohol in his system. When the machete was recovered after the incident, it was separated from the handle
"Sarah had severe injuries and went by ambulance to the major trauma unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary Hospital.
"She had extremely deep lacerations to her scalp and an open fracture to her skull which required surgical intervention.
"She had a laceration to her shoulder and head caused fracture to head and shoulder joint. She had an open fracture to her right hand.
"She had to have plastic surgery. She has suffered from extreme physical discomfort and psychology impact."
In mitigation defence lawyer Mark Fireman said: "He was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He lost his mother to cancer 5-6 years ago and this caused significant changes in his behaviour.
"This was the reason this last relationship broke down, due to drinking too much. This was a significant factor in the relationship with the victim.
"Prior to the incident he had been on a binge for 72 hours. He didn’t try to kill her but didn’t dispute the fact he committed violence. He tried to take his own life.
"He said he will never drink again and is deeply remorseful, and knows there will be no consolation to her or her family."
Sentencing Judge Michael Leeming said: "There are many aggravating factors. Her injuries were so severe that she went to the major trauma unit at hospital, where she was treated. They are simply shocking.
"She had several wounds including a 15cm deep laceration on her shoulder. She had two smaller wounds on her shoulder and lacerations and fractures to her hand. These life changing injuries are significant and were potentially life-threatening.
"She was a sleeping victim who was vulnerable and was not in a position to defend herself or stop the blows.
"The harm and violence used was a repeated assault even if for a short amount of time. This is a grave example of wounding."
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