Zeeshan Akbar came to Australia in search of a better life, but was brutally murdered by two teenagers during a criminal rampage in southern New South Wales.
The 16-year-old stabber dipped his fingers in the blood of the Pakistani student and scribbled “IS” on a wall, behavior described by a judge as “gruesome and callous in the extreme”.
Before the New South Wales Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Geoffrey Bellew jailed the schizophrenic teenager for 35 years and six months with a non-parole period of 27 years and six months.
Her co-offender, who was 15 at the time, was jailed for 18 years and four months with a non-parole period of 13 years and nine months.
They pleaded guilty to a range of offenses including the murder of Mr Akbar, who was left for dead in a pool of blood inside a gas station in Queanbeyan Caltex in southern Nova Scotia. South Wales in 2017.
Zeeshan Akbar, 29, (pictured) was brutally murdered by two teenagers while working at a gas station in April 2017
They embarked on a “violent and uncontrolled criminal rampage” on the evening of April 6 and the morning of April 7, which killed the 29-year-old attendant and injured other victims, the judge said.
CCTV footage of the cold-blooded murder was “quite gruesome in the extreme.”
As the 16-year-old followed helpless Mr. Akbar to the counter, he removed the knife from his pants and stabbed him from behind in “an act of absolute cowardice”.
The attendant attempted to retaliate but “in an uncontrolled and fierce display of gratuitous violence” the teenager inflicted two more stab wounds, one of which punctured the heart.
The youngsters took the cash register and the cigarettes, before the older teenager dipped his finger in the blood and painted the letters “IS” on the window.
During his arrest, he shouted ‘Allah Akbar. God is big. I’ll cut off your head. There is only one God, âsuggested Sydney who was going to explode and he was going to behead all the cops.
While these comments and ISIS scribbles were obviously disturbing, the judge was not convinced the teenager was motivated by any form of extremism in light of his mental illness.
Mr Akbar was killed at Queanbeyan Caltex (pictured) in southern New South Wales after being stabbed three times. His blood was then scrawled on the wall with the letters “IS” standing for Islamic State.
Their wave of crimes also included the life-threatening stabbing of a driver they reported before taking off in his car.
“The deceased was a young man who came to Australia in 2008 to forge a better future for himself and his family,” the judge said.
“As might be expected, the emotional toll of the deceased’s death on his family in general, and on his elderly parents in particular, has been considerable.”
The two teenagers had been in trouble with the law, had had a disadvantaged education and had started using alcohol and drugs from an early age.
The judge was convinced that the 16-year-old’s schizophrenia had contributed to the commission of the offenses.
“I am not convinced that the perpetrator expressed genuine remorse, although his guilty plea is an indication of an acceptance of responsibility,” he said.
A psychiatrist had concluded that he remained very sensitive to violent extremists because of his mental disorder and low level of functioning.
“These elements support the conclusion that, at least as it stands, the offender is at substantial risk of reoffending,” said the judge.
He found that the co-offender’s expressions of remorse were sincere and his prospects for rehabilitation appeared favorable.
A then 16-year-old teenager responsible for the death of Mr Akbar (pictured) was jailed for 35 years and six months and his then 15-year-old co-offender was jailed for 18 years and four months