Notorious Sydney gang rapist Mohammed Skaf, who has spent more than half his life in prison for his “horrendous” crimes, will be released on parole under strict conditions next month.
Skaf, 38, has spent two decades in jail after being convicted for a series of terrifying rapes in Sydney throughout 2000 involving another 14 men, including the ringleader – his brother – Bilal.
On handing down its decision, the State Parole Authority said intensely supervising Skaf for the last two years and two months of his parole period is the safest pathway for reintegration.
Freeing Skaf at the end of his 23-year sentence in early 2024 without any conditions would have posed an unacceptable risk, the authority said.
“This is the only opportunity to supervise a safe transition into the community in the small window of time that we have left,” SPA Chairman David Frearson, SC said.
“Release without structure or supervision makes little sense for community protection.”
The SPA added it “acknowledges the distress the parole decision may cause his victims and the wider community”.
The 38-year-old will be released from prison between October 1 and October 8.
Upon his release, Skaf will be under strict parole conditions, including 24/7 electronic monitoring and a ban on contacting his victims and co-offenders.
He also will not be allowed to enter the LGAs of Liverpool, Fairfield, Blacktown and Parramatta.
When he was 17, Skaf and other members of the gang would lure teenage girls away from public places with the promise of smoking marijuana.
Some were then detained and repeatedly sexually assaulted.
‘Release without structure or supervision makes little sense for community protection.’
Skaf has been eligible for parole since 2018 and has served three and a half years beyond his first possible release date.
He has been in custody for 20 years and 10 months of his maximum sentence of 22 years 11 months and 30 days.
His parole order will apply until his sentence expires 1 January 2024.
If he breaches any condition of his parole release, Skaf will be returned to custody.
– with AAP