A man who was held down on his bed and whipped up to 40 times by strangers had recently converted to Islam and was reportedly being punished for drinking.
The 31-year-old was asleep in his apartment in Silverwater, in Sydney’s west, when he woke to find four bearded men in his bedroom about 1am (AEST) yesterday.
Three of the intruders restrained him on the bed while the fourth man used a cable to lash him 40 times.
The attack lasted about 30 minutes and left the man covered in welts, the Seven Network reported today.
The man reportedly told police he had only recently converted to Islam and that fundamental Wahabi Muslims were punishing him for having a few drinks with friends.
Two men have been charged after the assault:
Tolga Cifci, 20, is one of three men accused of attacking the 31-year-old victim at his unit on in the Sydney suburb of Silverwater on Sunday, a local court was told.
A second man was also charged today in connection with the incident.
He has been charged with aggravated break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, detain person in company with intent obtain advantage, and two counts of steal from dwelling.
- Man whipped 40 times in home for breaching Islamic law (telegraph.co.uk)