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 eye.
While the offender has never admitted to this, Judge Lex Lasry revealed when sentencing him to life imprisonment that it was one theory which carried weight.
The ISIS-sympathiser father, 36, (pictured) brutally murdered the 27-year-old mother and his wife in their Broadmedows home
The 36-year-old will spend at least three decades in prison before being eligible for parole.
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.’
The victim had been subjected to domestic violence in the past, and when police arrived at the home following a tip off, it was clear the children were also victims of physical abuse.
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.
After taking out his victim’s eye, the 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 eye (mural of IS flag pictured in Mosul)
They were married within a month and soon later, red flags started to appear.
The sister later also travelled to Australia from Lebanon, and claims the offender wouldn’t let the pair reunite for 15 days.
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.
He dumped her body in the bushes at the Dallas tennis club (pictured) where a jogger found it in the morning and then took his children to buy pastries with her debit card
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.
The children watched as their father gouged out their mother’s right eye and flushed it down the toilet of their Melbourne home
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.
The court heard the woman had been attacked with a sharp knife, scissors and a meat cleaver.
In sentencing the man, Supreme Court of Victoria (pictured) Justice Lex Lasry said the killer, who had already spent 634 days in custody, showed ‘no remorse’