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LAURA WALTERS AND IAN STEWARD
Last updated 10:37 08/04/2014

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An Auckland man has been sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for attempting to murder his partner by stabbing her four times with a 30-centimetre kitchen knife.

Kumar Anal Kamal pleaded guilty in the High Court at Auckland in February.

The maximum sentence for attempted murder is 14 years' imprisonment.

The court heard Kamal attacked the woman after she did not want to have sex on Valentine's Day, 2013. Two days later, suspicious that his partner was seeing someone else, he decided to kill her.

A police summary of facts said Kamal thought about strangling her using his martial arts skills or chopping into her neck with a knife.

He decided against it but when the woman arrived home with her 20-year-old daughter an argument developed.

Kamal grabbed a 30cm kitchen knife and dragged the woman by her hair into the bedroom, the summary said.

He stabbed her four times - in the arm, head, abdomen and chest.

The woman escaped to the driveway where she was helped by a neighbour.

Kamal thought the woman would die soon after so he put the knife down and went outside to await the police.

The woman underwent surgery and survived.

Kamal was arrested and told police he had stabbed his partner because he did not want her "to go on and do it to another man".

Crown prosecutor Bruce Northwood said Kamal's actions were "arrogance to the extreme".

"And these days it's astounding that someone would try and kill his partner for the reasons stated."

Kamal's lawyer Jo Wickliffe said while there was some impulsivity at the time there was an element of premeditation.

However, Kamal was not "lying in wait" for his wife to return home so he could kill her.

Wickliffe said Kamal was under "significant stress" during the months leading up to the stabbing.

Justice Murray Gilbert said the victim continued to suffer physical and psychological pain as a result of the attack.

Kamal moved to New Zealand from Fiji shortly after marrying his wife in 2012 and had trouble adjusting to New Zealand's "alien" society, he said.

Kamal suffered considerable stress as a result of his move to New Zealand and from the deterioration of his relationship.

Justice Gilbert said while those were contributing factors to Kamal's offending they did not excuse what he did.

Before the sentencing began Kamal said he wanted to bless everyone in the courtroom.

"Thank you my Lord Jesus," he said.

The sentencing was delayed by about 20 minutes while the court waited for a Hindi-English interpreter to arrive.

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