* The compassionate hearts from the Sydney Moonbat Herald report:
Skaf: ‘brand name’ for gang rapist
* Leftie shysters seek sympathy for the swine:
*Â Bleeding hearts shyster claims: “Convicted rapist Bilal Skaf claims his name is so synonymous with a Sydney gang sex crime he will never be able to get a fair trial.”
* Strange that there is always another A-sole with a bleeding heart for the villain who doesn’t give a f*kc for the victim…
And the 26-year-old is asking the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal to reduce his sentence, saying his victim – who was held at gunpoint and raped by up to 14 men – suffered no significant harm.
Skaf brought his case before the criminal appeals court for the third time today, asking for his latest conviction to again be quashed or his sentence cut.
He shot to notoriety after receiving a record 55-year sentence following three back-to-back gang rape trials.
Skaf again made headlines when the Court of Criminal Appeal quashed his conviction for an August 2000 pack rape at Gosling Park, in Sydney’s west.
The court ordered a retrial after it was discovered two jurors in the case travelled to the park in suburban Greenacre to conduct their own investigations.
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Sydney girl, Tegan Wagner, raped by a Muslim gang at 14 and now 18, is an Australian hero. Although her identity was protected by law, she went public in April of this year.
In theÂ Cronulla revenge raids last December, Muslim Lebanese youths threatened three Aussie girls â€“ they said “We are going to rape you, you Aussie sluts”
How did we get to this? What is the problem with Islam?
The Islamic threat is the new Communist threat. For 70 years the West endured the totalitarian Communist ideology of the USSR as it sought to take over the world. Now the West is threatened by a totalitarian Islamic ideology.
The leader of that threat in Australia is Sheikh Taj Din al-Hilali, now known to the media as Catsmeat. He is the Mufti of Australia and the leader of the Lakemba Mosque.
But in my opinion, he is a brave and honest man.
He does not hide behind platitudes of “moderate Islam”, of multiculturalism and the like.
He is not frightened to tell the truth about Islam. Last week he dealt with the place of women in Australian society from an Islamic point of view.
He has let the cat out of the bag, so to speak.
The revelation prompted a state-wide crackdown on jurors, including tougher penalties for breaches of the Jury Act.
New laws were also passed allowing for the use of transcripts of victims’ evidence at any retrial instead of requiring them to testify again in person.
Skaf’s barrister Andrew Haesler SC said “unremitting” publicity had etched Skaf into the public imagination, making it impossible to find an impartial jury.
“If an advertiser were trying to achieve a brand name for a gang rapist, Bilal Skaf has achieved this aim. The product for gang rapist in western Sydney is Bilal Skaf,” Mr Haesler said.
”(Skaf’s name) has become synonymous with rapes committed by people of the Muslim faith in western Sydney and … with gang attacks on young women.”
This was compounded by the fact that the 2006 Gosling Park retrial was held in the wake of the Cronulla race riots, Mr Haesler said.
“Skaf featured as one of the primary features of what was perceived to be an attack on civil society,” he told the court.
Mr Haesler also said the 18-year sentence was manifestly excessive.
“The Gosling Park incident appears to take place over less than one hour,” he told the court.
“There was no significant harm caused to the complainant. No significant physical injury.”
* What does it take to impress these lunatics?
Skaf’s younger brother Mohammed, 25, is also appealing his conviction and sentence. He has lymphatic cancer and was not present at the hearing.
His counsel Hament Dhanji said the use of the victim transcript at the trial, as permitted under the new laws, had aggravated the impartiality issue.
“The primary evidence (was) read to (the jury) through solicitors playing the role of questioner and witness,” Mr Dhanji said.
“That process of itself was such that it made difficult, or in my submission impossible, for one to divorce oneself from the (previous trial).”
Mr Dhanji pressed for a cut to Mohammed Skaf’s 15-year sentence, which was three-quarters of the maximum available term.
The three-judge panel grilled Mr Haesler about his submissions.
Justice Peter McClellan in particular voiced “grave reservations” about the ordinary member of the public remembering the case in such detail they would recall Skaf’s name.
“I’m not sure that the average person, beyond a recollection of a single item of publicity, would descend to the level of particularity that you are speaking of,” said the chief judge at common law.
The court will deliver judgment at a later date.
Gang rape victim: System fails me
A YOUNG woman gang raped seven years ago would probably not have gone to police if she had known how the so-called justice system would ultimately fail her.
Now aged 25, the woman is still trying to put behind her the traumatic events of 2000, when she was packed raped by Bilal Skaf’s gang in Sydney’s southwest.
Miss C, as she was known to the court, yesterday spoke out for the first time since one of her attackers, MG, was acquitted after a retrial last month of raping her when she was 18.
MG, who was originally convicted and is serving a minimum 15 years for two other pack rapes, was granted an appeal in 2004 but a jury last month found him not guilty.
Miss C had exercised her right not to give evidence against him in his retrial, frustrated by the defence attempts to remove her Crown prosecutor, Margaret Cunneen, as well as other continual delays.
Fighting back tears Miss C, who was raped over six hours in August 2000, said yesterday she felt completely let down by the legal system.
“When I initially reported (these crimes) I did it under the mistaken belief that when such things happened, people that did bad things were put into jail,” she said.
“It just seems that doesn’t happen any more. There are delays, they blame everyone else and then nothing happens. It (the legal system) is supposed to be about fairness but it only seems to run one way, they used every opportunity, every stalling tactic . . . hence (Ms Cunneen) being taken off.
“It’s like they’re stabbing blind and if they get a hit, it’s like ‘woo hoo’.”
The acquittal of MG, handed down in the District Court on April 20, was a bitter blow for Miss C who endured more than a week under cross examination by defence lawyers in the original 2002 trial. She had hoped a guilty verdict would finally bring closure, and a sense of justice, after her ordeal.
Her comments came after her father, who cannot be named, said rape victims got such a raw deal in the legal system that they should “sort it out outside of the court”.
His said his daughter had received “horrific” treatment in the last seven years and it had left her a shadow of the young woman she had been. “They subpoenaed her medical records and even said in court that she had an orgasm during one of the rapes. How in the hell would they know?” he said.
NSW Rape Crisis Centre manager Karen Willis yesterday called for the creation of a specialist court system to deal with sexual assaults, one in which the judges and court staff were specially trained to decrease the trauma of the victim giving evidence.
She applauded the recent moves in the District Court to speed up rape cases and ensure they are heard within four months of the case being committed for trial.
“Things are getting better, the courts are making improvements but it’s not nearly good enough,” Ms Willis said.
“But what happened to this particular young woman was shocking.”