The Daily Telegraph
A SYDNEY man who claimed to be a spiritual healer specialising in “black magic” has been arrested for allegedly sexually and indecently assaulting a young woman.
A self-styled shiek now known as Man Haron Monis appeared in Kogarah Local Court today where it was heard that he is currently on bail for being an accessory to murder of his former wife Noleen Hayson Pal.
The Crown's chief witness, who allegedly watched the attack unfold through his peep hole, opened his door to ask "what are doing?" when he saw Ms Hayson Pal having fluid poured on her and set alight only to be told to "go back inside" by a woman wearing a "black cape" and a headscarf that didn't obscure her face.
The court was also told that his current wife Amirzh Droudis who was at the back of the court is currently on bail for murder of Ms Hayson.
Sheik pleads guilty to sending offensive letters disguised as offers of condolence to army war widowIt was also revealed in court today that Monis served 150 hours of community service after sending threatening letters to the families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan.
The 49-year-old was refused bail on the sexual assault charges.
Police allege the woman, who was 27 at the time, visited the man at his business in Wentworthville, Western Sydney, on two occasions in August 2002.
She had seen his services advertised in a local newspaper.
Police allege Monis indecently assaulted her on both occasions and sexually assaulted her once as a “spiritual healing technique”.
Afterwards, it is alleged he warned the victim to remain quiet.
According to NSW Police, the man claimed to be a spiritual healer with expertise in astrology, numerology, meditation and black magic.
The man was arrested in Bexley North this morning and taken to Kogarah Police Station to be charged.
Police footage obtained by news.com.au shows the man raising his hands towards the sky.