Iranian abused Australia’s trust: Asylum seeker sexually assaulted teen on Anzac Bridge
An asylum seeker living in Sydney on an expired bridging visa has pleaded guilty to the violent sexual assault
of a teenager on the Anzac Bridge.
Amir Mohebbifar, who had been living in Sydney for nine months after arriving via boat from Iran, yesterday
pleaded guilty to the aggravated sexual assault of a 19-year-old.
Documents before Central Local Court showed Mohebbifar, 26, arrived on Christmas Island in March 2013.
He was granted a bridging visa shortly after.
At the time of the attack, on January 4 this year, his visa had been expired for almost two months.
The girl was approached by Mohebbifar as she walked home along the Anzac Bridge shortly after 2am.
Court documents said he said hello and started a conversation but “she did not make eye contact” and
“kept walking at a faster pace to remove herself from the situation”.
The teen believed she had escaped but then “heard footsteps approaching quickly” as he “ran to catch up to her ...
and put his hand on her shoulder”.
The court heard she repeatedly asked him “what are you doing?” as he “pulled her back by her shoulder,
twisting her body so her back was against a metal barrier.”
Mohebbifar tried to kiss her as she pushed him off and said: “Stop it, what are you doing?”
Documents said he said “why not? What do you mean?” and squeezed her breast through her top, keeping her pinned against the barrier.
Prosecutors said the attack became more violent when he “swung her towards some nearby bushes” as she screamed: “Go away, let go of me.”
“The victim was kicking and punching and continued to scream loudly,” court documents stated.
“A few times the offender said ‘shut up’ and ‘shhhh’.”
The court heard Mohebbifar forced his hands under her dress and into her underwear, where he pushed two fingers into her vagina.
His victim bit him once on the hand and Mohebbifar allegedly “became rougher”.
The court heard he went to undo his pants and then “stopped suddenly and removed his hand”, before walking away towards Pyrmont.
Police said Mohebbifar then saw the victim start to ring triple-0 and ran, but officers tracked his
movements on CCTV and found him within the hour “hiding under a car, sweating profusely and breathing heavily”.
The victim was treated in hospital and suffered serious grazes and scratches to her face and body.
Her DNA was found underneath Mohebbifar’s fingernails, while his was found inside her underwear.
A date for his sentencing will be fixed in the Sydney District Court on July 25.