Brutal acts of violence: refugee’s suburban rape cruisesPosted: April 4, 2013
Source: theage.com.au (Mark Russell)
He would pick them up in his white 1988 Honda Civic and rape them.
Esmatullah Sharifi, 30, pleaded guilty today to raping an 18-year-old woman on December 19, 2008.
He had been jailed in 2009 for a minimum of seven years for abducting and raping a 25-year-old woman at Frankston on Christmas Eve, 2008 – five days after the first rape.
Sharifi was placed on the serious sexual offenders register after his jailing and his DNA was found to match the sample taken from his first victim.
Prosecutor Fran Dalziel told the court the first victim had been out drinking Fruity Lexia wine when her girlfriend left her to go to the Bay Hotel in Mornington.
The victim was sitting on the footpath behind the 21st Century Dance Club when Sharifi approached her and offered to give her a lift to the Bay Hotel.
She accepted but became anxious and confused when they had been driving for an hour and she saw a road sign saying Sorrento.
Sharifi then pulled over into a dark side street and raped her in the front passenger seat.
“She began to scream and cry out for help,” Ms Dalziel said.
“The accused put his left hand over her mouth and his right hand around her neck, restricting her breathing. He said to her, ‘I’ll take you home after it, I’ll give you back your phone as well’.
“He said to her things including … ‘This feels so good’, ‘you’re beautiful’ and ‘does this feel good?”‘
Sharifi later drove the victim back to her girlfriend’s home.
Five days later he drove back to Frankston and abducted a 25-year-old woman, punched her in the face and raped her. She escaped by jumping out of his moving vehicle.
Ms Dalziel said Sharifi claimed he did not have a great understanding of sexual mores in Australia but Judge Mark Dean disagreed.
“These are acts of violence,” the judge said. “Serious acts of violence against women, nothing to do with sexual mores. They’re brutal acts of violence.”
Judge Dean said Sharifi was dangerous and the community needed to be protected from him.
He said Sharifi’s chances for rehabilitation appeared poor.
Sharifi was of Hazara extraction, an ethnic minority in Afghanistan, and had been beaten by the Taliban. He had seen his older brother shot dead when he was a teenager.
Mr Regan said Sharifi was uneducated, illiterate, inexperienced in forming relationships with women, and was confused about the nature of consent. He is in Australia on a permanent protected visa.
Judge Dean will sentence Sharifi on April 12. The maximum penalty for rape is 25 years’ jail.