Aussies guilty of Sharia law thrashing

2013-02-28 12:11

Sydney - Four Australian Muslims were found guilty of assault on Thursday for thrashing a recent convert with an electrical cord for drinking alcohol in 2011.

Victim Christian Martinez, aged 32, initially told police that four bearded men broke into his home and administered the 40 lashes.

He said he recognized his assailants as fellow worshippers at a Sydney mosque.

The Sydney court heard that Martinez had confessed to drinking alcohol to one of the four and had agreed to the punishment.

During the whipping, he pleaded for them to stop but the men continued.

The four, who had pleaded not guilty, will be sentenced at a later date for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.