Mohammad Hassan Al Bayati, 30, touched the young girl’s underwear and exposed himself during the 11 minutes they were in a stairwell — away from surveillance cameras — at DFO Homebush in December 2016.
News AU (h/t Mike M) NSW District Court Judge John Pickering today said the girl had been “quite remarkable” to report the crimes, and jailed the guard for four-and-a-half years with a minimum of two-and-a-half years. Speaking to police, the girl told officers Al Bayati “said I have to kiss his bottom but I didn’t want to”.
Responding to a report the girl was unattended and distressed at the centre’s playground, Al Bayati took her by the hand to the stairwell. Eleven minutes later, after receiving sexual gratification, he walked her back to the playground where her seven-year-old sister was crying because she couldn’t find her younger sibling.
The mother, having returned from shopping, was also waiting there and was quickly berated by Al Bayati. “The gall of the offender to lecture the mother about the dangers and risks of leaving her in the play area when he ended up being the greatest risk is one of the most curious parts in this matter,” Judge Pickering said.
“Any mother should be entitled to leave their children in a busy shopping centre and not have any belief or expectation that someone who is actually there to look after the interests of people shopping in the centre will then create harm in themselves.”