Rapist Skaf denied parole for fourth time

Tiffanie Turnbull
·1-min read

Notorious gang rapist Mohammed Skaf will remain behind bars for another year, after NSW parole authorities knocked back his bid for freedom for a fourth time.

Skaf, who was convicted alongside his brother Bilal over a terrifying series of rapes in Sydney in 2000, became eligible for parole in January 2018, 16 years in to his 22-year sentence.

His case for release was considered on Friday by the State Parole Authority, which decided for the fourth time it was unsafe to release Skaf into the community.

The Serious Offenders Review Council told the authority the 37-year-old needed to complete an external leave program - which are indefinitely suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic - before he is released.

A pre-release report compiled by Corrective Services in 2018 said Skaf "has demonstrated no change in his attitude toward his offences since the beginning of his sentence" and "continues to blame the victims".

If he is not granted parole, Skaf's full prison sentence expires in January 2024.