Guildford, NSW, Australia: MUSLIM man charged after ‘marrying’ girl, 13, in ‘religious ceremony’

by 1389 on February 6, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), Australia, sex offenses, Shari'a

Sydney Morning Herald has the story:

A man who was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl has told police that he married the child in a religious ceremony in NSW this year, police say.

The 26-year-old will face Burwood Local Court on Friday charged with 25 counts of sexual intercourse with a child between the ages of 10 and 14.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse Squad arrested the man at a home that he shared with the child in Guildford on Thursday.

Police allege the man met the girl in the Newcastle suburb of Wallsend in 2013 and became involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with her.

The pair then allegedly moved to a house in Guildford, in Sydney’s west, where the man continued the relationship with the girl.

“Police will allege that the man and child were ‘married’ in a religious ceremony in NSW earlier this year,” police said in a statement.

Police say the marriage was illegal, but would not elaborate on what religion was said to be involved.

The man allegedly told police he did not believe he was committing an offence.

The girl’s parents are believed to have known that their daughter was living with the man, and she was not officially reported missing.

Earlier on Friday, police said the girl was aged 12, but have revised her age to 13.

The man was taken to Auburn police station where he was charged and refused bail on Thursday.

Investigations by the Child Abuse Squad are continuing.

Police are urging anyone with information about the man’s relationship with the girl to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

The girl victim is unidentified, the man is unidentified, the ‘religion’ is unidentified – though if it were anything other than Islam, that fact would most certainly have been disclosed – and police actually expect some useful information to be provided via Crime Stoppers? How about a name and photo of the perp, just for starters?

UPDATE

According to www.abc.net.au, the pair were indeed ‘married’ in an Islamic ceremony. Shari’a law allows, and in fact encourages, underage marriage.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gramfan February 6, 2014 at 11:53 pm
2 1389 February 7, 2014 at 12:06 am

@ Gramfan,

Blazing Cat Fur had a link to the ABC story that actually did disclose the fact that the ‘marriage’ ceremony was, indeed, Islamic. I updated the story accordingly.

3 Gramfan February 7, 2014 at 12:23 am

@1389
I think one of BCF’s helpers shares a name of an old poster on Bolt’s blog.

Maybe a coincidence, but this person was always on the Aussie site “Muslim Village” until they kicked he or she off! 🙁

4 Gramfan February 7, 2014 at 12:24 am

I saw it this morning…didn’t get around to sending it to you – my apologies. Had to rest.

5 1389 February 7, 2014 at 2:46 am

@ Gramfan,

Take care of yourself and your health.

You are in our prayers.

6 John Newton February 7, 2014 at 6:13 pm

This guy will not be punished. The coursts will rule that “his culture permits his insanity”, and they must respect his culture. Politicians and government officials always end up pandering to Islam, which is why every country in Europes is doomed.

7 Gramfan February 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

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