Judge Says Perverting The Indecently Attacked 12-Year-Old Boy In Sydney’s Public Restroom Is Not A Threat
A sexual predator who groped a 12-year-old boy in a shopping center was jailed just two years after a judge claimed he “misread the situation.”
Fouad ‘Fred’ Hasna, 50, claimed that the boy gave him ‘signals’ and a ‘sexual look’ before entering a Bass Hill Plaza public toilet in 2017 – also known as a ‘gay cruising’ place.
The married father also exposed himself to the little boy, pressed his hand to his penis and hit him – but claimed not to know he was a minor.
But despite the disturbing attack, a judge claimed that the father of two had “misread the situation” and was not a threat to the community, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Parramatta District Court Judge Robyn Tupman described the prison sentence as “unfortunate” and “an unwanted result for all.”
Married father of two Fouad Hasna (pictured) was convicted of indecent sexual assault after forcing a 12-year-old boy into a public toilet and grabbing his genitals before exposing himself
“He believed the victim had given him a sexual look, which he read as the victim interested in sexual contact with him,” she said.
“I don’t accept that the victim did something like that, but I do accept that the perpetrator thought this was the case.
“I don’t suppose he knew the victim was as young as 12, almost 13, and under 16 years old.”
The judge told the court that the victim on camera images appeared to be a “relatively tall young man” and looked older than 12.
But Judge Tupman also added, “He was clearly a young man, at least 30 years his junior.”
Hasna claimed that the boy had given him the “sexual look” before entering the public toilet, which prompted him to follow the child inside.
He claimed to hear the boy masturbate in the cell, which excited him.
“I was clearly excited by what he was doing, he was masturbating in the cell. I could hear him and see him and hear the breath, “he said.
When the boy left the cell, the court heard that Hasna pushed him back in before grabbing the child’s genitals and “slapping him playfully.”
Hasna had all of his own genitals in his hand before forcing the protesting child to his knees and telling him “I know you want my penis” as the boy asked him to stop.
“I’m completely wrong. I read it wrong, “he told the court. “Looks like I thought he was an adult.”
A public toilet on the Bass Hill Plaza (pictured) was known as a ‘gay cruising’ place in 2017
Judge Tupman slammed Sydney’s father for “victim accusation” and asked if he had started “cruising” for other men that day.
“Did you think he was a rental boy and playing hard? You were cruising and you thought you had something to yourself, ”she said.
The defendant tried to claim that he had repeatedly entered the public toilet prior to the attack because of “severe diarrhea.”
But Judge Tupman dismissed the claims, saying he was ‘cruising’ on the well-known gay beat that was actively seeking a sexual encounter.
Hasna said he had “ a very happy married life ” and claimed that his homosexual tendencies were only the result of a mental illness that resulted from a 2011 accident.
Hasna pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting a child under 16 and will serve a two-year, three-month prison sentence (stock image).
“I brought so much shame and distress on myself and my family to the youngster,” he said.
“I couldn’t live with myself knowing that this person is approaching the age of my youngest son.”
Judge Tupman said she was concerned that Hasna linked his same-sex interest to mental illness.
“I was deeply concerned that this person before me was willing to be labeled a pedophile rather than accepting what he was, whether he was gay or bisexual,” she said.
Judge Tupman beat Sydney’s father for ‘victim blame’ and asked if he had gone out cruising for other men that day (stock image)
His homosexual tendencies amount to self-loathing on his part. He was cruising and couldn’t control himself that evening. ‘
Judge Tupman said he is not a pedophile. He did not target the victim because he was 12 and did not believe the child was under 16.
“I don’t think it poses a risk to the community as a pedophile or as a sex offender,” she said.
Hasna pleaded guilty to two charges of sexually assaulting a child under 16 years of age and will serve a two-year, three-month prison sentence.
Now that time has passed, Hasna is eligible for release in February 2021.