Campbelltown District Court in Sydney's west yesterday heard Abdul Reda Al Shawany twice sexually assaulted the woman, a practising Muslim, and then said to her: "Let your Jesus help you."The heinous act speaks for itself but there are four things to note:
1. I thought a hajib was supposed to protect women from rape?
2. Muslims are encouraged in the Koran to read The Bible.
3. Jesus is supposed to be a revered prophet in Islam.
4. Al Shawany's barrister Chris Pike told the court his client was a hardworking businessman with close ties to the community who strenuously denied the charges.Oh yes he is. And he's not alone.
"My client is not a zealot," Mr Pike said.