A high-flying tech executive who ejaculated on young women during a spate of public masturbation offenses that lasted for years has walked free with a slap on the wrist.
In a shocking ruling that the Victoria Police Department has already sued on appeal, magistrate Tara Hartnett not only released Muhammad Khan on Tuesday, but refused to register him as a sex offender.
Khan, 40, had pleaded guilty in Melbourne Magistrates Court to three counts of assault and one count of indecent assault against total strangers.
Muhammad Khan, 40, pleaded guilty Thursday in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on three counts of sexual touching and one count of indecent assault
One of his young victims had been to Melbourne’s Brunswick Festival in 2017 when she thought of ‘lemon sorbet’ and accidentally split on her.
She had been watching a busker with a baby strapped to her back playing the violin when the father of two – including a five-year-old daughter – ejaculated above her.
In a chilling victim statement, the brave young woman told Ms Hartnett how the sickening attack took place in broad daylight at a family event.
“While watching the mother and child perform, I felt something wet on my behind,” she said.
“My first reaction was to assume that someone around me had tripped over a spilled lemon sorbet. The shocked looks from my friend and others around me were enough to make me realize it wasn’t.’
Khan, who moved to Australia from Pakistan in 2009, was free in the community to carry out his twisted desires unabated on random women.
Years earlier, at the St Kilda Festival in 2015, he ejaculated on another young woman.
She’d enjoyed a front-stage band when Khan ruined her life with his uncontrollable urges.
The first accusation against Khan came from a young woman who attended the St Kilda festival on February 8, 2015 (pictured)
The woman told Ms Harnett the devastating impact the attack had on her life, leading to drug abuse, isolation and suicide attempts.
“The situation itself was so abnormal and as if there was no other person on the planet who could have a relationship with me,” she told the magistrate.
“I started to feel more and more isolated and uncomfortable in my own skin, as if I would never be clean again.”
WHAT IS TRANSMITTER REGISTRATION?
The register contains information about registered sex offenders who have committed certain sex offences.
The purpose of the registry is:
MAKE violators keep the police informed of their whereabouts and their personal details for a period of time.
REDUCE the likelihood of a person committing another offense.
HELP the police in investigating future crimes.
STOP registered sex offenders from volunteering or working in child-related areas.
In 2017, Khan again assaulted an innocent woman who had boarded a city tram to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
In that attack, the brutal assailant touched his victim before ejaculating on her too.
It was behavior that would eventually lead to Khan’s arrest last May – some five years after his reign of terror began.
Khan was busted by security at the Carlton Club in Melbourne’s CBD on October 18, 2019 after another terrifying attack on a female stranger.
The attack, which was captured on CCTV, showed Khan touching his victim’s buttocks and dragging his finger across her legs.
The IT manager, who had worked for insurance and financial services firm AB Phillips for $120,000 a year until he was fired last week, agreed to hand over his DNA to police, despite denying the attack.
His dingy business card was linked to his past attacks thanks to the brave women who had all reported his offense to the police and donated their dirty clothes for forensics.
It was the only thing that helped capture Khan after a public appeal to police yielded no new leads.
By sentenced Khan to a two-year correction order with 250 hours of community work, the magistrate declared that the community interest was well served.
Police released this sketch of Khan after the 2015 assault. He remained free for years in the community to offend in despicable ways. It was his dingy business card that would bring him down
“The community expects the court to denounce this behavior,” Ms Hartnett said.
She paid particular attention to the sentencing principle of ‘general deterrence’.
“That is, sending a message to the community that if a person engages in this type of behavior, it will have significant consequences,” she said.
Khan had given no reason for his “despicable” behavior.
He told a forensic psychiatrist that he had felt such intense excitement that he just had to “act on it” and stand where he was.
The doctor would later rate Khan as low to moderate risk of offending again.
“This offense was brutal and brutal. You didn’t know any of them and you ejaculated on three of them,” Ms Hartnett told Khan, who agreed with his wife via video link.
“It was despicable conduct on your part and purely for your own satisfaction…there is no excuse for your conduct, nor has one been given by your counsel. The community expects the court to denounce this behavior.”
Khan’s lawyer, Amelia Beech, explained that her client had come to Australia from Pakistan in 2009 with his family.
A brother of four older sisters, he was “spoiled and spoiled” as a child.
Magistrate Tara Hartnett was sworn in in 2003 and was appointed magistrate in 2018 with over 20 years experience in criminal law
Amelia Beech, Khan’s lawyer, told the court that he came to Australia with his family from Pakistan in 2009 2009
Despite his insult, his wife – whom he met and married in Pakistan – had stood by him, describing him as “a proud man of high moral standards and decency.”
The court heard that Khan had no criminal record and had pleaded guilty to the crimes, expressing a measure of regret.
They were all mitigating factors that Mrs. Hartnett took into account when pronouncing her sentence.
Ms Hartnett told the court she was at liberty to keep Khan off the sex offender register.
“Your violation results in registration under that Act being considered… This court is not authorized to issue a registration order in this case. That is, the court has discretion,” Ms Hartnett said.
“I am convinced that the long period of the community correctional order, the involvement in treatment while on that order, will handle the risk appropriately, combined with your lack of history.”
Police had asked Ms Hartnett to detain Khan immediately and said they would appeal her decision.