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Refugee, 38, accused of raping a young woman in a Sydney laneway after spotting her leave a bar alone is granted bail ‘because he can’t speak English’
- Sayer Alenezi is accused of raping a woman in a Sydney laneway last Sunday
- He was granted bail in court on Saturday ‘because he can’t speak English’
- Magistrate agreed his lack of English would make it hard to prepare a defence
A Sydney man accused of meeting a drunk woman outside a pub and raping her in a laneway has been bailed after a court noted he can’t speak English.
Sayer Hamood Jaber Alenezi, 38, faced Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday on two counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Police allege he approached a 22-year-old woman about 1.30am on Sunday outside the Courthouse Hotel on Oxford Street after she lost touch with her friends inside the pub.
Sayer Alenezi (pictured), 38, appeared at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday accused of raping a 22-year-old woman
The pair then walked about one kilometre to Turner Lane in Woolloomooloo, where the woman says she was twice sexually assaulted by the man.
‘The complainant appeared to be targeted by the accused due to her intoxication and that no doubt will be part of the prosecution case,’ police prosecutor Mr Kwong told the court.
‘(Her being a stranger) contributes to the risk of endangering the community.’
But while their movements towards the laneway were caught on CCTV, there isn’t any footage of the alleged rape, the court was told.
Alenezi has admitted having sex with the woman.
‘But the main issue is consent,’ Legal Aid lawyer Ms Domadyous told the court.
‘It states in the (police) facts there were no attempts made to stop the accused.’
Ms Domadyous said the issues with the prosecution case and the hardship the Arabic-speaking Alenezi would experience in custody due to his lack of English were reasons he should be granted bail.
Acting Magistrate John Anthony Bailey agreed, saying while not weak the prosecution case certainly could be stronger.
He was granted bail after Acting Magistrate John Anthony Bailey said Alenezi’s lack of English would make it hard for him to prepare a defence in jail
‘His lack of English language may make it difficult for him in custody to prepare a defence to this case,’ he said.
When approached by Nine News after being released from custody, Alenezi repeatedly said: ‘No speak English’.
Alenezi, who doesn’t have a job and is in Australia on a bridging visa, will be required to live at his home on Whitaker Street in Yennora, submit to a nightly curfew and report daily to local police.
He also cannot attempt to contact the alleged victim or go within five kilometres of the Sydney CBD except to attend court and legal meetings.
He’s next due to appear in court on January 15 at the Downing Centre.
Alenezi’s arrest came after several public appeals.
The alleged complainant contacted a friend before going to a hospital and reporting the incident, police said on Wednesday.
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