An Islamic State sympathiser who gouged out his wife’s
eye in front of their children and let her bleed to death might have
been trying to make her look like Islam’s Antichrist. The man, who cannot be named to protect his children, attacked his
27-year-old wife with a knife at their Broadmeadows home, in Victoria’s
north-west, in 2016, cutting off two of her fingers, gouging out her
right eye and flushing it down the toilet.
Their three children, aged just six, four and two at the time, were
forced to watch on as their father tortured, murdered and eventually
dumped their mother’s body. After taking out his victim’s eye, the 36-year-old offender reportedly told the children she ‘looked like Dajjal’ In the Islamic faith, Dajjal is a ‘false messiah’ and represented as
an evil, deceptive liar and is usually described as being blind in one
In sentencing the man in the Supreme Court of Victoria Justice Lasry
said the killer, who had already spent 634 days in custody, showed ‘no
remorse’. He said he could not be satisfied the man’s jihadist ideology led to
the killing or that the methylamphetamine smoker was in a drug-induced
psychosis at the time. ‘I would not have thought your conduct in murdering your very
compliant wife could be classified as an act of Jihad,’ Justice Lasry
said at the time.
‘What I am sure of is your conduct was grotesquely violent. The
murder of your wife was the culmination of a long history of domestic
violence.’… All three children reportedly expressed to police that their father had beaten them. He started dating their mother almost as soon as she arrived in Australia from Lebanon, her sister told news.com.au….
Her husband told the publication he was often told to steer clear of
the offender, but he chose to ‘give him the benefit of the doubt’ for
the sake of his wife’s relationship with her sister. ‘He turned weird,’ the man admitted. ‘When we were alone all he
talked about was ISIS, how he wanted to go to Syria, how he wanted to
take the family to Syria. According to the couple, all three children were neglected to the point they could hardly communicate.
‘They couldn’t speak. They weren’t taught anything, they had broken English,’ the children’s uncle said. When police arrived at the home, the offender was arrested on the
spot – not for his wife’s murder but for the clear neglect of the
children. They were bruised, malnourished and dehydrated. The youngest, a little girl, had burns from a hot iron on her body. One of the boys had bruises all over his face and a still bloodied nose.
They were living in squalor, their beds soaked through with urine. One of the children’s nappies hadn’t been changed in days. When prompted, the children could recall what took place on the
fateful evening their mother was brutally murdered, including staring at
the place where her body was dumped, hoping ‘mummy would get up’ again.
After dumping the body, their father took all three children to eat kebabs and pastries using their mother’s debit card. The woman died of blood loss, with multiple wounds to her face and genitals, a gouged-out right eye, and two amputated fingers.