A refugee who raped a ten-year-old boy has claimed he did not know sexually assaulting the child was wrong as it was 'culturally acceptable' in his homeland.
Mufiz Rahaman told Sydney's Downing Centre Court raping children was not seen as morally wrong in his native Myanmar when he pleaded guilty to the aggravated sexual assault of a 10-year-old refugee on Wednesday, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The 20-year-old and his young victim are both stateless Rohingya Muslims - a group of people considered illegal immigrants from Bangladesh by the Buddhist-majority in Myanmar - who came to Australia to flee religious persecution.
The court heard Rahaman preyed on the young boy while he was living with a group of refugees, including his father, at a vacant RSL club in Lakemba, a suburb in Sydney's south west, on January 8, 2015.
According to documents tendered to the court, he crept into the child's bedroom - which he shared with his father - as he slept and took off the boy's underpants.
He then raped the boy, who arrived in Australia in 2013, while his father was in another room preparing lunch.
When the boy's father returned he noticed the door had been shut and overheard Rahaman tell the boy: 'I'll give you money for this.'
'My father will hit me,' the boy responded.
The boy's dad stormed into the room and found Rahaman lying on top of his son who was face down on the bed with his pants around his knees.
He asked: 'What are you doing to this little boy? You're an adult.' [...]
Muslim Refugee, 20, Who Raped A Boy, 10, In His Sydney Home Says What He Did 'Is Not A Crime Because It Is Acceptable In His Homeland'
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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