Slain Sydney woman and estranged psychotic husband were Baha’is!!!!!Posted: September 12, 2015
Friends of Leila Alavi say the 26-year-old hopelessly tried to support her troubled and abusive husband right up until he allegedly murdered her with a pair of scissors.
Her body was found in her car on Saturday morning at the Auburn shopping complex where she worked as a hairdresser.
That evening, police arrested and charged her 33-year-old husband Mokhtar Hosseiniamraei with murder. He was refused bail on Sunday and police told a Sydney court he “has made admission to the offence”.
Fredo Monty has known the couple since photographing their wedding in 2011 and his partner was a close friend of Ms Alavi.
He told Fairfax Media their relationship had long been volatile, largely due to Mr Hosseiniamraei’s ongoing drug problems.
“It’s been a lot of years that Leila has been suffering from this issue,” he said. “She tried to manage the relationship and help him out because she did love him and really wanted him to get clean. She still cared for him at the end too.”
On the day of her death, Ms Alavi had ducked down to the car park to meet Mr Hosseiniamraei at his request. Her colleagues have said this was not unusual.
Ms Alavi had an apprehended domestic violence order against her husband, which he has been charged with contravening.
Police told court on Sunday he had a “propensity for anger”, which he was unable to control, and that he had physically assaulted his wife in the past, but the incidents were not referred to police.
Mr Hosseiniamraei was also recently charged with malicious damage and offensive behaviour, for which he is yet to appear in court.
He had been living with his sister on James Street in Guildford West, where he was arrested on Saturday night.
Mr Monty described the couple, both of Persian background, as “madly in love”.
He said Mr Hosseiniamraei followed the Baha’i faith and they were married at the Australian House of Worship on Sydney’s northern beaches in 2011.
Ms Alavi was “like an angel with a bright smile”, Mr Monty said.
“This is just a tragedy and we are all in shock. I looked to her as a sister. She was the most adorable person you could come across.”
Zeynep Zabinolgu, whose cafe is opposite the hair studio Ms Alavi worked at, said she was a friendly person who treated her customers like members of her own family.
“She was a really family-oriented person and you could tell she came from a really good family,” she said. “She will definitely be missed. She was loved by so many people.”
Mr Hosseiniamraei was refused bail on Sunday morning and he will face Burwood Local Court on April 1.