A man who tracked his sister before she was the victim of an alleged “attempted honour killing” and barged into the wrong house searching for her has lost a bid to be released from home detention bail.
- Five members of the alleged victim’s family have been charged with her attempted murder
- The family became aware that the young woman was in a relationship with a man from a different faith
- The accused allegedly tried to track the victim down days before
The victim’s brother — who cannot be named for legal reasons — appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court in a bid to get his home detention bail conditions removed so he could start a new job.
The 25-year-old has not been charged with attempted murder but has been accused of executing a violent home invasion in Prospect in search of his sister two days before the alleged attempted honour killing on November 30, 2021.
The court heard he became aware that his Muslim sister had started dating a man of another faith in about mid-2021.
“The defendant installed a tracking app on his sister’s phone. She was aware of the app, and the purpose was to monitor her movements,” prosecutors told the court while opposing the bail variation.
“Some time after, the victim decided to remove the app from her phone … and her mother charged the defendant with keeping an eye on his sister.”
Brothers entered wrong house
Prosecutors said two days before the alleged attempted murder, the defendant sent a text to his family that a house in Prospect belonged to his sister’s partner.
“It was a mistake formed by the defendant and his brother,” she said.
The court heard the brothers allegedly pushed through the front door of the Prospect home armed with a knuckleduster and acted aggressively towards the occupants as they searched for their sister.
Prosecutors told the court it was the victim’s father who stabbed her during the “attempted honour killing” in the Sefton Park Shopping Centre before she was bundled into the back of a car.
“She was dragged into the family house and placed in the shower with two stab wounds to her abdomen,” prosecutors submitted.
The court heard the defendant was not present for the stabbing, but was at the house when his injured sister was brought home and failed to call an ambulance.
Ongoing risk to victim
Prosecutors said police body-worn vision taken at the house after the public stabbing was reported, captured the family speaking in a foreign language and had now been interpreted.
“This defendant is heard counselling his father about not saying anything to the police,” she said.
“The fact that this defendant is home when his sister is brought home, he doesn’t provide any medical assistance and then counsels his family not to speak to police demonstrates there’s an ongoing risk of this defendant in relation to his sister.
She said giving him “unfettered movements throughout the day” would create a risk to the victim.
Lawyers for the man told the court there was an intervention order in place and her client was being electronically monitored.
But Magistrate Karim Soetratma refused to remove the home detention bail condition.