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Australia: Muslim avoids jail for sex attacks on beach due to “cultural differences”

The judge accepted that seeing girls in bikinis is different to the environment in which he grew up.”The Qur’an says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:59) The implication there is that if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.

To what extent will Australian authorities be willing to set aside Australian law for these “cultural differences”? At what point is an immigrant expected to know and respect the laws and mores of his new country? Or would that be “Islamophobic”?The teenager was initially charged as an adult because he had no birth records from Afghanistan.”If there are no birth records from Afghanistan, how do they know now that he is a minor?

A teenager who immigrated to Australia from Afghanistan has escaped jail after a series of sex attacks because he grew up in a different culture.

The court heard the teenager, who cannot be named, pleaded guilty to assaulting eight women and girls on a Surfers Paradise beach in January 2016.

The judge accepted that seeing girls in bikinis is different to the environment in which he grew up….

“Teen who groped Surfers Paradise swimmers avoids jail,” by Tom Forbes, ABC.net.au, April 25, 2017:

A teenager who groped eight women as they swam at one of Queensland’s busiest beaches has been placed on two years’ probation by a Gold Coast judge.

The Afghan-born 17-year-old, who cannot be identified because he committed the offences as a juvenile, spent two hours grabbing women, aged between 15 and 24 years, as he swam between the flags at Surfers Paradise Beach on January 16 last year….

The teenager was initially charged as an adult because he had no birth records from Afghanistan.

He was sentenced today as a juvenile in the District Court at Southport after pleading guilty to nine charges of sexual assault and three charges of common assault….Judge David Kent heard the Victoria-based defendant grabbed his victims on their bottoms, breasts and, in three cases, their vaginas.Crown prosecutor Nick McGhee said the defendant was seen swimming up to his victims “in quite a predatory manner”.

 

When questioned by the lifeguard on duty, the defendant allegedly said: “If I just say sorry, can we forget all about it?”During sentencing, Judge Kent accepted the teenager grew up in difficult circumstances in Afghanistan and his father died in 2011….

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