A woman is recounting for the first time the night her crazed boyfriend attacked her with a machete with such ferocity, its handle broke off.
Sarah Whetham, 31, of Manchester in the UK, was asleep when Aron Condor, 40, set upon her with the large knife.
She was able to escape when the unhinged man turned the weapon on himself, but she was left with critical injuries all over the body, including a fractured skull.
Condor, who charged with attempted murder for the attack in February 2018, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent. He was sentenced last week to more than 12 years in prison.
“I thought Aron was the man of my dreams, he was a real gentleman at first, but he became jealous and demanding and even resented me spending time with my dying father,” Whethem told the news outlet.
“Dad died just nine days after the attack and I firmly believe the shock was too much for him to cope with,” she said. “I didn’t get to see him before he died because I was in hospital.”
Whetham said that when she was rushed to the emergency room, Aron was lying just two beds away under police guard.
“I had to stay silent, despite my pain, so that he didn’t know I was there,” she said, adding that her mother had to help her during the difficult recovery.
“She should have been grieving for my dad, instead she had to look after me,” she said. “The attack will live with me forever but it will not beat me.”
Whetham and Condor met during a night out with friends in August 2016, and moved in together a couple of months later.
“We got serious pretty quickly. Aron had his own place and he had two children from a previous relationship. He seemed like a really good dad,” she said.
But before long, Condor became increasingly possessive and manipulative.
“I have a wide circle of friends, both male and female, and Aron was touchy about me even speaking to other men. He didn’t like me going out without him. But I just thought he was a little insecure.”
In 2017, Sarah’s dad was diagnosed with a terminal illness. At the beginning of last year, she gave up her job as an administrator to care for him.
“I wanted to spend time with my dad but Aron would get jealous and resentful. He was very demanding. I was very close to my dad so it was awful,” she said.
The couple’s arguments turned physical when Condor grabbed her by the hair.
“Looking back, I should have left him there and then. That was my warning sign,” Whetham said. “But he was so shocked and apologetic afterwards and he managed to make it sound like it was my fault. He would say that he was an alpha male so I had to be careful the way I spoke to him.”
Last February, things came to a head over the man’s jealousy.
“He was screaming at me that he was alpha male and calling me a slut, saying I was barren, because I have no children,” she said. “I knew the relationship was over. I couldn’t take any more. I went to bed with plans to leave him, I even kept my clothes on, under my dressing gown.”
At 4 a.m., he unleashed the heinous attack.
“He was screaming about a text message he thought I had sent about a boyfriend — but it was actually one I had received from one of my mates about her boyfriend,” she said.
“I was trying to explain but he was raining blows onto me. Then, I heard a squelching noise, like liquid, and my dressing gown was soaking. I realized he was stabbing me — not punching me.
“He shouted that we would both die together and he wrapped himself around me. I saw the machete and I could actually see the muscle poking out of my shoulder.
“My survival instinct kicked in and I struggled free,” she said.
Condor’s defense lawyer Mark Fireman said his client “was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He lost his mother to cancer five to six years ago and this caused significant changes in his behavior.”