The sentencing shouldn’t have been postponed. The judge should have given him another three months in the can for contempt of court.
A CONVICTED criminal who earlier refused to stand up for a judge turned his back on a court and started to pray yesterday, forcing his sentencing to be postponed.
Judge Jane Culver adjourned the sentencing until Monday morning when Milad bin Ahmad-Shah Al-Ahmadzai continued to interrupt proceedings in Parramatta District Court.
Appearing via audiovisual link from Goulburn jail, where he is being held in maximum security, Al-Ahmadzai — who had refused to stand for Judge Culver during his trial last year — at one point ignored her entirely and stood to face the wall and began praying.
Judge Culver was forced to leave the bench until he had finished when he refused to respond to her, and when asked why he couldn’t afford her the courtesy of indicating his need for prayer, answered: “For me to pray on time is more important.”
He was to have been sentenced for his involvement in an attempted ram raid at Macquarie Centre shopping complex on May 15, 2013.