Tradie jailed 21 years for stabbing good friend

2021-07-16 08:09:15

A Sydney tradie who stabbed to loss of life his good friend after changing into jealous of him and his ex-partner has been jailed for a minimum of 15 years and 9 months.

Nathan Chatimba, 34, was discovered responsible by jury of murdering Peni “Ben” Apikotoa, who bled to loss of life on a St Clair house doorstep in western Sydney in August 2018, following six stab wounds.

Chatimba had not meant to kill his scaffolding colleague and good friend “Benny”, however did need to inflict critical bodily hurt, Justice Robertson Wright stated within the NSW Supreme Courtroom on Friday.

That night Chatimba had been visiting his ex-partner Cassie Sanders, when Mr Apikotoa, who had been consuming at a close-by pub, known as her cell phone.

This triggered Chatimba to grow to be jealous, and quite a lot of “offended phone calls and makes an attempt” adopted, Justice Wright stated.

Mr Apikotoa informed pals close by that he “believed a feminine was in bother and getting crushed up,” and requested to be pushed over, having beforehand intervened in comparable circumstances, the court docket was informed.

“He was coming to guard her,” the choose stated.

Chatimba later informed police he picked up a knife off a pile of garbage close to the home, held it “in a defensive pose hoping to chase away” Mr Apikotoa however “to his shock” the person saved advancing in a “menacing style”.

Nonetheless, a neighbour gave proof that he noticed the offender “charging” at a person in fluoro who was working backwards together with his fingers up defensively.

His blood trailed round wheelie bins in direction of a close-by house the place an ambulance was known as, whereas Chatimba additionally requested somebody to name emergency companies.

The choose accepted Chatimba had come to understand what he had accomplished however didn’t render some other help to his dying good friend.

His defence submitted that Chatimba had been provoked by Mr Apikotoa’s phrases to the impact “do you need to have a go,” or “have a crack” however the choose dismissed any provocation occurred.

Chatimba’s intention to harm was impulsive, not effectively thought out and occurred over a comparatively brief time frame, the choose stated.

Mr Apikotoa was described as a stupendous son and brother, open, light, supportive and dependable, and able to help somebody in want.

His pointless loss of life in such distressing circumstances had devastated his household.

The pair had been pals for some years with Mr Apikotoa aiding Chatimba with work within the scaffolding trade.

The Zimbabwean-born Chatimba had skilled a traumatic childhood and suffered from PTSD, the court docket was informed.

He displayed real regret in letters written to the court docket and his former good friend’s household wherein he expresses in “heartfelt phrases of sorrow,” concerning the ache and struggling he has triggered.

“It was and nonetheless is a regrettable day, for I relive it in my goals. I battle to go by each day pondering of what I might have accomplished totally different,” one letter learn.

“I simply want I can return and alter issues. My mate would nonetheless be right here. His household would not be within the room with me like this.”

Justice Wright sentenced Chatimba to a most time period of 21 years in jail. He’ll first be eligible for parole on Might 10, 2034.

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