Not to worry: Yassir Hassan fixed it. And aÂ sympatheticÂ judge gave him a Â Muselbonus, how good is that!?
LOCAL SHARIAÂ (Tim Blair)
A 54-year-old (Musel-)man stabs his 24-year-old wife more than a dozen times, killing her. Some of her wounds are 14 centimetres deep. The young woman, a mother of three who wed her husband when she was just 16, attempted to shield herself with a blanket as she was repeatedly and viciously knifed.
Â Murder victim Mariam Yousif
The man claims in court he was provoked by his wife questioning his manhood. The court accepts this, reducing his charge from murder to manslaughter and sentencing him to just nine years in prison.
This didn’t happen in the Middle East. It happened inÂ Sydney.
UPDATE. The husband’sÂ emergency call:
Hassan stabbed her at least 14 times then called triple-0 and told the operatorÂ “There’s a problem with my wife”.
THE mother of a young woman stabbed to death by her husband has pleaded with the O’Farrell government to hasten changes to a law that allowed her daughter’s killer to escape a murder conviction.
Mariam Yousif, who converted to Islam to marry her husband at 16, was stabbed 14 times in a “brutal and frenzied” attack inside her Wiley Park unit in 2012.
Her 54-year-old husband, Yassir Hassan, was found guilty of manslaughter instead of murder because he told the court he was provoked by his wife during an argument when she “questioned his manhood”.
Ms Yousif’s mother Hanan Zaki said provocation was a “ridiculous” defence for her daughter’s killer.
She is angry the state government has taken almost a year to act on recommendations from a parliamentary inquiry that would ensure the provocation defence was not used to escape murder charges.
“How many women need to die before this law will change?” Ms Zaki said.
“I need it to change and I need change now. I could not save my daughter but I want to save the life of another woman.”
The parliamentary inquiry was launched after Sydney man Chamanjot Singh was sentenced to six years in prison for slitting his wife’s throat with a box cutter.
He successfully argued he was provoked because his wife, Manpreet Kaur, had threatened to leave him.
In the case of Yassir Hassan, Justice Peter Garling said in his sentencing that the killing happened because Hassan “was provoked into losing his self-control, which explains why he is guilty of the lesserÂ offenceÂ of manslaughter and not murder”.
Legislation to change the provocation defence was only introduced to parliament this month and Attorney-General Greg Smith’s office was unable to say whether a date had been set for it to pass.
Ms Zaki said her daughter’s three children, now aged four, six and nine, had asked when she was coming home: “I tell them mummy is in heaven. (They)… will grow up without their mother. He had no right to steal her life from them.”