A MAN who hacked into his former friend’s head with a 1m long machete has been jailed for 12 years after admitting a charge of attempted murder.
Sialaoa Faolua, 40, told police he planned to decapitate Hay Saka, 39, after a feud between the pair spiralled out of control.
The two grew up together in Samoa, but Faolua developed a hatred for Mr Saka that ended with a horrific attack at Mr Saka’s home in Carole Park on January 4 last year.
Mr Saka was hacked three times in the head and shoulder. Police revealed his brain was left exposed and his arm almost had to be amputated.
The Queensland Supreme Court was told the pair had fallen out three weeks before the attack when Faolua got drunk and picked a fight with one of Mr Saka’s friends.
Mr Saka broke up the fight and tried to drive Faolua to his Inala home, kicked him out of the car when Faolua continued to be aggressive.
Faolua drove to Mr Saka’s house later that night to confront him again and a fight broke out on the front lawn, during which Mr Saka hit Faolua in the head with a plastic cricket bat.
Prosecutor Dennis Kinsella said the pair did not see each other again until January 4, when Faolua drove to Mr Saka’s house with the intention of killing him.
The court was told Mr Saka was drinking in the carport with two friends when Faolua attacked him with a machete.
Mr Kinsella said Faolua struck Mr Saka in the head and left shoulder, causing injuries that have left him with permanent nerve damage.
Faolua also sliced the hand of one of Mr Saka’s friends.
The court was told Faolua later told police he had been trying to cut off his friend’s head and that he was disappointed he had failed.
After pleading guilty to attempted murder and wounding, Faolua apologised to Mr Saka and his family.
Yesterday, Mr Saka said he wanted to get on with his life.
“What’s done is done. Thank God I’m still alive and able to move on,” Mr Saka said.
Faolua was sentenced to 12 years’ jail, with a serious violent offence declaration. Under Queensland law, he is required to serve 80% of his sentence.
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