A jealous boyfriend who rammed his automotive right into a Sydney McDonald’s in an try to run over his accomplice claims he did so as a result of his PlayStation 5 was manipulating his thoughts, a court docket has heard.
Abbas Hayder Al-Khafaji, 28, confronted Sydney Downing Centre on Friday forward of his sentencing in March, with the court docket listening to how he had written a “letter of apology” to the court docket and the sufferer.
Within the letter, Mr Al-Khafaji stated the McDonald’s incident occurred as a result of his TV, PlayStation 5 and automotive radio have been “manipulating” his thoughts.
Mr Al-Khafaji’s lawyer Michael Fantin used the letter the argue to the court docket there’s an “underlying psychological well being situation there” that needs to be considered throughout sentencing.
The court docket additionally heard that when Mr Al-Khafaji was taken into custody at Narellan Police Station after the incident he additionally advised police his “PS5 and cellphone have been controlling him”.
The dramatic scenes unfolded again in February 2022 with Mr Al-Khafaji leaping out of his automotive brandishing a knife after he smashed into the quick meals restaurant.
Mr Al-Khafaji might then be seen on CCTV approaching the sufferer, accusing her of dishonest on him. A 23-year-old supervisor stepped in and referred to as the police.
Choose Tanya Smith on Friday heard how Mr Al-Khafaji had been recognized with psychosis in 2019 and had stopped taking his treatment on the time of the incident. He had additionally been had taking hashish.
Mr Fantin stated his shopper was not in management and “not himself” on the time of the incident, which was outlined by the sufferer’s account of what occurred.
“She is saying this isn’t the individual I recognise [in her statement],” his lawyer stated.
“It is a man who’s repeatedly questioning her ‘The place have been you? What have been you doing?’ If somebody is basically agitated, he could be yelling or screaming on the individual however he’s in a relaxed state. He’s not yelling at her, he’s simply repeating himself.”
On a earlier event, Mr Al-Khafaji pleaded responsible to a sequence of costs, together with utilizing an offensive weapon with an intent to commit an indictable offence, destroying or damaging property value between $5000 and $15,000, and contravening the circumstances of an AVO.
He can be sentenced on March 28.
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