Police have arrested a 22-year-old man over the murder and sexual assault of Sydney teenager Mahmoud Hrouk.
The man accused of raping and murdering Sydney teenager Mahmoud Hrouk has been formally refused bail.
Aymen Terkmani, 22, of Fairfield East, was arrested on Thursday and charged with murder and aggravated sexual assault.
He did not appear in person before Fairfield Local Court on Friday. His lawyer did not request bail.
Associates of the accused reacted angrily to journalists’ questions outside court, with one man throwing away a reporter’s microphone.
The body of Mahmoud, a 16-year-old former Granville High School student, was found beaten and unrecognisable in a derelict house on Belmore Street in Fairfield East on May 17.
It is understood Mahmoud met Terkmani, whom he considered a friend, at Villawood McDonald’s on May 16. The pair arrived at 6.30pm and stayed for about an hour.
A 22-year-old man has been charged over Mahmoud Hrouk’s sexual assault and murder. Photo: Facebook
Mahmoud called his mother about 9.40pm but the call cut out.
The bike he had ridden to the McDonald’s was seen on Mitchell Street that night and found on Melaleuca Street the next day.
Mahmoud’s mother, Maha Dunia, has described her son as “a beautiful boy” and her best friend.
Police said he was hardworking and had no criminal history. Their investigations are ongoing.
Terkmani will appear in Campbelltown Local Court via video link next week.
His bloodied body was found by his family in an abandoned house after a trip to McDonald’s. In a disturbing twist, police now say 16-year-old Mahmoud Hrouk was also sexually violated.
Panicked relatives stumbled across his body in Fairfield East in Sydney’s west, two months ago. He had been bashed to death.
Detectives hunting his killer have now revealed Mahmoud was sexually assaulted either before or at the time of his death, Fairfax reports.
The level of brutality Mahmoud endured has shocked police.
“In my experience, I’ve never seen anything like it … it’s gut-wrenching. What happened to this boy is terrible; it shouldn’t happen to anyone,” Detective Sergeant Olivares told Fairfax, describing the boy as a “model child”.
“This is separate from organised crime; it’s a more individual, more opportunistic crime. We certainly don’t think it was planned.”
Police are struggling to find a motive for such a violent murder.
He was found covered in wounds and suffered internal injuries also. Until now, it was thought that was the only horror he endured, but after the sexual assault revelations, the full extent of Mahmoud’s suffering has become clear.
Whoever killed Mahmoud Hrouk could possibly have taken his bloodied clothing, including running shoes and long dark pants, police say.
Mahmoud’s mother Maha Dunia last spoke to her son at 9.40pm on Saturday, May 16, when he asked her to pick him up from a friend’s place on Mitchell St but the call cut out halfway through the conversation.
He was last seen eating a burger at Villawood McDonald’s about 6.30pm.
The next morning, after searching the streets of Villawood and Fairfield East, the family were told to check a vacant house on Belmore St, where local teens had been seen gathering in recent months.
It was inside they made the traumatic discovery.
“I need to know: why would you bash a 16-year-old? Are you Muslim, Jewish, Christian? You cannot do this in any religion. You cannot kill,” Ms Dunia told the Daily Telegraph.
“God takes the soul from us, not you.”
Holding a photo of her son, Ms Dunia said: “I need to know why. I know it’s not going to bring my son back but I need to know why. I need to know what did he do to deserve this.
“No mother in the world deserves this pain. To lose a son, that’s it. You feel like the whole world doesn’t mean anything to you. You feel like something from your heart is taken out.”