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Man behind bars over machete attack

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016

An interim protection order has been granted to a Sydney woman who allegedly had her fingers hacked off by her machete-wielding husband during a heated domestic dispute.

Atinae Afamiliona faced Campbelltown Local Court on Tuesday after an argument between him and his 45-year-old wife Tiperia Afamiliona turned bloody on Monday night in Sydney's southwest.

Police say the 49-year-old man was driving through Raby with his wife when the pair began arguing.

The couple are alleged to have continued arguing until they reached St Andrews, where they pulled over and got out of the car. It's then alleged Atinae Afamiliona pulled a machete from under the driver's seat and began attacking Mrs Afamiliona's hands, feet and legs.

Police say her left hand was de-gloved in the attack, while a finger from each of her right and left hands was severed, along with two toes from her left foot. She also suffered a large laceration to her right calf and ankle.

Afamiliona is then dropped his wife at a local hospital emergency ward before returning home, according to police.

Police on Tuesday sought an apprehended violence order on Mrs Afamiliona's behalf and it was granted on an interim basis.

Afamiliona, who has been charged with attempted murder and wounding with intent to murder, did not apply for bail and it was formally refused, meaning he must remain behind bars until the case returns to court on October 26.

National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.

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