April 4, 2015

AUSTRALIA: Muslim Stabs His Wife To Death, Daughter In Hospital In What's Known In Islam As An "Honor Killing" Prescribed In Sharia Law.

Salwa Haydar was found stabbed to death in a Bexley unit.

Her daughter Ola Haydar suffered serious injuries to her hands.

The Daily Telegraph, Australia
written by Leigh Van Den Broeke and Naomi White
Tuesday March 31, 2015

A MAN has appeared in court charged over the stabbing murder of his wife and injuring an 18-year-old girl, believed to be the couple’s daughter.

Haydar Haydar, aged 58, had earlier handed himself in to police after his 45-year-old wife was found stabbed to death inside a unit on Valda St, Bexley, about 6.45pm last night.

An 18-year-old girl, believed to be the woman’s daughter, was taken to hospital having suffered serious injuries to her hands.

A family friend said the pair had recently reunited after a separation and had only been living in the Bexley villa for a short time.

He described the father as “very strict” and said they had initially split because of arguments over how to raise their children.

The man said he believed Haydar had just returned from a family funeral in Lebanon when the attack occurred.

Dressed in a blue jumpsuit, Haydar appeared emotionless and remained stony faced throughout the proceedings at Kogarah Local Court this morning.

Charged with murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, he made little eye contact with the court as he sat in the dock, briefly nodding as magistrate Christine Haskett dismissed him.

Haydar did not apply for bail and it was formerly refused. He will next appear before Central Local Court on April 9.

A group of men were at the court for the matter and appeared visibly upset. One of them attempted to communicate with Mr Haydar before he was taken back into custody.

Inspector David Donohue from Kogarah Police said the incident had been disturbing for all involved.

“It’s always concerning, especially in a domestic situation. We had the post mortem this morning, I haven’t seen the results of that post mortem but other than to say that it was quite a violent attack.”

“Certainly it’s up there, it’s a violent attack with multiple injuries and as you can imagine with a knife wound, it’s disturbing.”

He added police believe the daughter was injured while trying to intervene in the attack and that she contacted police.

He would not speculate on a possible motive for the attack or disclose if police had been called to the address before with similar issues.

He urged anyone in a domestic violence situation to contact police.

“Domestics are very concerning for the NSW police force, it’s the matter that we deal with the most. It is very complex in a lot of cases and we understand that it is very difficult to report domestic violence to police because of a whole range of issues, whether it’s intimidation, fear or a cultural issue.”

“Certainly from the NSW police perspective we’re keen to encourage people to come forward and report domestic violence to us because we are here to help.”

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