August 27th, 2019
Jon Lockett
The Sun


THIS is the chilling moment a twisted security guard led a vulnerable three-year-old girl down a secluded alleyway before sexually assaulting her in a stairwell.

Mohammad Hassan Al Bayati, 30, touched the girl’s underwear and exposed himself -  away from surveillance cameras - at a shopping centre in Sydney, Australia.

Judge John Pickering praised the girl for reporting the crimes before jailing the paedo guard to a minimum of two-and-a-half years in prison.

He went on to describe the defendant as "every parent's worst nightmare" following the predatory attack in December 2016.

The court heard how the guards was alerted that the girl was unattended and distressed at the mall’s playground.

Al Bayati then took her by the hand to the stairwell at DFO Homebush just before 1.30pm, reports

Just over 10 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.

The mother was also waiting there and was then outrageously 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,” said Judge Pickering.

“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.”

The girl had been left in the DFO play area with her seven-year-old sister while their mother went shopping for Christmas presents.

Al Bayati was found guilty of the crime in May. A jury from a previous trial had been unable to reach a verdict.

Earlier this year, the Crown told the court Al Bayati’s consistent denial of any wrongdoing should be focused on.

Police gave Al Bayati multiple opportunities to explain why he was in the stairwell with the child but never gave a straight answer, claiming he was helping her look for her mum.

In a victim impact statement read to the court earlier this month, the three-year-old’s mother spoke of the devastating impact the ordeal had had on her child.

The mum said their peaceful family life had been “destroyed” by Al Bayati’s behaviour and their daughter was still having nightmares almost three years after it.

“This tragedy squeezed life, positive outlook, trust and happiness out of us in a way that is hard to describe,” she said.

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