EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi refugee, 39, sobs hysterically in court and says ‘only God can help me’ as he goes to jail and is deported for raping 22-year-old woman in dark Sydney avenue
- Sayer Alenezi, 39, sobbed, wailed and rocked back and forth in court on Friday
- Alenezi pleaded guilty to raping a woman in a dark Sydney avenue in 2019
- But there were dramatic scenes in court as he prepared for a conviction
An Iraqi refugee who was guilty of raping a woman in a dark Sydney alley has been busted in court after his lawyer announced his withdrawal from the case.
Sayer Hamood Jaber Alenezi, 39, sobbed, wailed and rocked back and forth as he faced a judge at Downing Center court on Friday.
Alenezi was expected to be convicted after being found guilty of unauthorized sexual intercourse in connection with a gruesome incident in the late night of 2019.
“The suspect was a stranger to (the victim) and the crime took place in a dark alley not far from Oxford Street in the city,” the prosecutor told the court.
But there were dramatic scenes as Judge David Arnott SC prepared to hear the victim read her impact statement and convict the perpetrator.
Sayer Hamood Jaber Alenezi rocked back and forth, cradled his head in his hands and wailed during what would be his conviction for raping a woman in a dark alley in Sydney CBD in late 2019
Alenezi’s lawyer told the court that his client had been ‘hysterical’ and raised ‘problems’ with his confession of guilt at a previous conference.
He added that Alenezi had post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of “very traumatic life experiences” and “I cannot continue to act for him.”
“He got a little hysterical at times,” said the lawyer. ‘I think I will have no choice (but) to ask the court for leave to withdraw’.
Alenezi then appeared in court via an audiovisual link, where he made bizarre and defamatory remarks about his own lawyer through an Arab interpreter.
“I only have God to help … I have no money to get (a lawyer) and I only have God.”
Alenezi pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman in late 2019
Alenezi is portrayed out of court earlier in the case. He has since been denied bail and is behind bars at Long Bay Correctional Center
After listening to a troubled Alenezi speech for several minutes, Judge Arnott told him “you need to calm down.”
The prosecution noted that Alenezi’s crime had weighed heavily on his victim – who himself needed psychiatric treatment as a result of the attack.
“(She) is devastated by this insult.”
Judge Arnott said Alenezi was unable to proceed and the case was postponed to a later date so that he has a chance to make a decision about who his attorney will be.
Alenezi, who had a bridging visa, will likely be deported at the end of a prison sentence. He is facing a prison sentence of up to 14 years.