It is with much sadness we report the murder of the 33rd woman to male violence in Australia this year.
Basaam Raad is being questioned over the murder of the previously unidentified, mutilated victim found in Dallas, now suspected to be his wife Zeinab Taleb.
Mr Raad came to the attention of police after the assault of his two children, one of whom is understood to have suffered broken bones and another was reportedly unconscious. All three were taken to Royal Children’s Hospital and Mr Raad was subsequently arrested over their assaults.
On being unable to find the children’s mother, the Police appear to have investigated Mr Raad over a possible link between his missing wife’s and the unidentified woman found dead in nearby Dallas, who had been suspected by police to be a mother and victim of domestic violence.
Mr Raad was previously acquitted in a high profile terrorism trial in 2008-2009, where he had been accused of being one of 12 men to plan terror attacks in Melbourne.
Our hearts go out to Ms Taleb’s children, family & friends.
UPDATE: Basaam Raad has been charged with the murder of his wife Zeinab Taleb (previously named as Zaynab Raad) and assaulting their three children aged 2-6.
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