Brother of infamous Australian terrorist who died fighting for ISIS accused of bashing a crying woman and shaving her head after arguing ‘her hair was too long’
- The brother of the infamous terrorist Khaled Sharrouf was brought to trial on Wednesday
- 33-year-old Arken Sharrouf is said to have beaten a woman in July last year and cut her hair
- The court heard that Sharrouf was schizophrenic during the attack in southern Sydney
- He is said to have left the woman with ten broken ribs and a broken eye socket
The brother of a notorious Australian terrorist has been accused of brutally beating a woman and shaving her hair.
Arken Sharrouf, 33-year-old brother of Khaled Sharrouf, is said to have become furious and attacked the woman for brushing her hair in south Sydney last July.
Downing Center District Court heard on Wednesday that Sharrouf shouted, “Your hair is all over the floor, it’s too long, stop growing,” The Daily Telegraph reported.
Sharrouf, who claimed to be very psychotic during the July 1 attack, was accused of subsequently chopping the crying woman’s hair with small nail scissors.
His brother Khaled traveled to the Middle East in 2013 to fight for the Islamic State and was killed in an American airstrike in August 2017.
The infamous terrorist’s brother Khaled Sharrouf (pictured) was brought to trial on Wednesday after he was accused of brutally beating a woman and cutting her hair
Downing Center District Court (pictured) heard Arken Sharrouf, 33, became furious when the woman brushed her hair and beat and choked her in a house in south Sydney last July.
The court heard that Sharrouf thought he was possessed by the devil and that the woman was an informant to the police.
Sharrouf is said to have attacked her the following night and swallowed and punched the woman before kicking and stamping her while lying on the floor.
A crown prosecutor explained, “She was dizzy and drifted in and out of consciousness.”
The woman is said to have arrived at a police station on July 2 last year wearing a torn Islamic hijab and begging for help.
She was hospitalized for nine nights and suffered ten broken ribs, two broken vertebrae and a broken eye socket.
Sharrouf told the arresting police that he was at the gym during the brutal attack, the court heard.
The prosecution said Sharrouf became furious when officers were unable to find his medication and accused them of working for the spy agency ASIO.
Psychiatrist Dr. Martin Reading said that Sharrouf had stopped taking his medication a few weeks before the alleged attack, as he had gained more than 20 pounds.
The court heard that Sharrouf was suffering from schizophrenia and reportedly left the woman with ten broken ribs and a broken eye socket (photo, his terrorist brother Khaled Sharrouf)
The court heard that Sharrouf had raised concerns with a GP about sex drive and was prescribed an anti-obesity amphetamine that worsened schizophrenia symptoms.
Dr Reading said that Sharrouf felt like a “passive rag doll controlled by outside forces” like demons and evil spirits.
“He also experienced auditory hallucinations, which were quite disturbing to him, and may have instructed him to do things,” Dr. Reading out.
Sharrouf appeared in court via a video connection and pleaded not guilty of ill-treatment and caused serious bodily harm, choking and harassment from a mental illness.
He was also hit with more than 70 charges of alleged abuse against a former partner between May 2007 and October 2008 in January.
The court also heard that Sharrouf became depressed and became alcoholic after his brother Khaled died fighting the Islamic State terror group in Syria.
Khaled Sharrouf, who claimed to be schizophrenic, traveled to the Middle East in 2013 and died in a U.S. airstrike in August 2017.
The trial is still ongoing.
The court also heard that Sharrouf became depressed when his brother Khaled (pictured) was killed fighting the Islamic State terror group in Syria in 2017