WARNING: This story contains extremely graphic details.
A Muslim in Melbourne is accused of killing his wife because she objected to him joining the Islamic state.
According to ABC, “The 35-year-old Broadmeadows man is also accused of bashing two of their children, aged under six, around the head — in one instance with a milk crate — and burning his toddler daughter with hot water.”
He was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife in July of 2016. He cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the children.
The three children were taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital and said they witnessed their father “slaughtering” their mother with a knife in the lounge. One of the children told detectives his mother's “body was nothing but blood”.
The children had never attended school and spoke broken English. This could be because, as the prosecution stated, “He wanted them to only speak Lebanese, and learn the Koran.”
“He wanted to teach them about guns, swords, war and jihad,” they added.
The kids told police their father “wrapped the 27-year-old’s body in electrical tape, plastic and a doona before putting her body in the boot of the family car.”
ABC goes on to say that it is alleged the man drove to grassland next to the Dallas tennis courts where he dumped the body. He then took his children to a bakery to buy pastries.
The prosecution alleges the man told his brother-in-law he had fought with his wife over his desire to go to Syria to fight for ISIS and in the process sliced her hand with a knife six months before her death.
He also allegedly prevented his wife from watching television, going out or speak with her family.
The committal hearing is expected to conclude on Monday. If there is enough evidence, he will be sent to a trial.