Mother Forgives Her Daughter’s Attacker

Manawatu Standard, New Zealand. A partner of the Cheryl Thompson’s daughter attacked the daughter with a knife last September. She survived the attack. He was sentenced yesterday to five years and five months in jail. ??At the hearing, Mrs. Thompson said, “I’m not too sure how people feel about forgiveness, but for myself, I know it heals the heart and soothes the soul. I chose today to let [the attacker] know face to face that we forgive him.” The judge described the forgiveness as “remarkable compassion.”

A man who repeatedly stabbed his girlfriend while on a paranoid religious rampage has been forgiven by her family, which a judge described as “remarkable compassion”.

In the High Court at Palmerston North yesterday, Elim Tekotahi Emery, 21, was jailed for five years and five months on two charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

On September 3, at a Feilding house, he stabbed his 18-year-old partner and his uncle with a boning knife.

His girlfriend was rushed to hospital for life-saving surgery and originally Emery faced an attempted murder charge, but this was later downgraded.

Yesterday his partner’s mother, Cheryl Thompson, told the court about her feelings of forgiveness toward Emery.

“I’m sad it had to end this way for two young people who were supposed to start their lives together,” Ms Thompson said.

“I’m not too sure how people feel about forgiveness, but for myself, I know it heals the heart and soothes the soul.

“I chose today to let Elim know face to face that we forgive him …”??Read the full story.

 

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