The Daily Telegraph
July 20, 2011 5:10PM
THE alleged ringleader of a sharia law flogging is a father of six who works in a book store, a court has been told.
Wassim Fayad, 43, is the second man to be arrested for the attack on Christian Martinez, 31, who was lashed 40 times with an electrical cable.
The men allegedly confronted Mr Martinez in his bedroom after breaking into townhouse in Silverwater in Sydney's south west on Sunday about 1am.
Fayad faced Burwood Local Court today charged with aggravated break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence, detain person in company with intent obtain advantage, and two counts of steal from dwelling.
Magistrate Tim Keady was told that Fayad had been an Australian resident since age two and had strong community ties, including six children.
He works part time in a book store and as traffic controller on the weekends.
Fayad was given $20,000 bail with conditions including he not approach Mr Martinez or go within 200 metres of the Silverwater residence.
Tolga Cifci, 20, has already been charged and was granted strict conditional bail in the same court yesterday.
Police continue to search for the other two men.