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Rana Elasmar, a pregnant Muslim woman, brutally assaulted by a stranger in a Sydney cafe, feared she would be killed if others did not intervene, a court heard.
A heavily pregnant Muslim woman was brutally attacked, repeatedly punched and stomped in the head by a man in a #Sydney cafe.
— DOAM (@doamuslims) November 21, 2019
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Rana Elasmar, 32, was 38 weeks pregnant when Stipe ‘Steven’ Lozina approached her, repeatedly punched her and hit her head in Bay Vista in Parramatta in November 2019.
She told the Parramatta District Court on Tuesday that she deliberately removed her abdomen from her attacker and prayed to God to protect her son.
“If no one had intervened, I could have died,” she said, tearing herself apart.
“I remember thinking – hit my head, as long as you don’t touch my baby.
Ms Elasmar, who wore a hijab at the time, said the 44-year-old asked for money before beating her and shouted “you Muslims have destroyed my mother”.
“No woman should excuse a man for such behavior – it’s our right to decide what to do with our body,” she said.
“Islamophobia must end. Violence against women must end.”
After the “cruel and unprovoked” attack, the injured woman was unable to chew the food and suffered from persistent migraines and headaches.
Judge Christopher Craigie
Lozina, who appeared before Judge Christopher Craigie on Tuesday without legal representation, said she attacked Elasmar because she had not given him money.
He then engaged in a bizarre conversation with prosecutor Sara Gul, asking her first if she was Filipino, calling her “dumb” and declining to answer several direct questions as to whether he hated Muslims.
“I don’t hate them,” Lozina finally said.
“But I don’t get along with them. I don’t deal with them.”
The perpetrator also said he was a “chronic paranoid schizophrenic” and felt remorse for what had happened.
“I belong to a hospital,” he told the court.
Ms Gul told the court
Ms Gul told the court that Lozina was also convicted of verbally assaulting two Muslim women in a shopping mall six weeks before her attack on Ms Elasmar.
Judge Craigie said the attack was “perverse and deplorable” and the case was “one of the most difficult cases” he had faced in a long time.
“You don’t have a lawyer, you are obviously sick and you have committed a very serious crime which rightfully terrifies people,” he said.
Lozina, who pleaded guilty in June to assault for causing actual physical harm to Elasmar, will face court on October 1.