Notorious gang rapist Mohammed Skaf is accused of sending lurid texts and emails to a married woman soon after his release from prison, telling her ‘I am having dreams of us having sex’.
Alexandra Mastropetros, 27, told Daily Mail Australia she met Skaf, 40, in February this year, just after she moved from Melbourne to Sydney, when a mutual friend invited them to a beach near Rose Bay.
Ms Mastropetros thought he looked familiar, but had no idea he was one of Australia’s most notorious gang rapists, who used to who used to look for victims at the beach, and had only recently been released from Long Bay prison following a 22-year sentence.
Skaf was just 17 when he and 13 others, lead by his older brother Bilal, went on a month-long rape rampage in Sydney’s south-west in the weeks leading up to the 2000 Olympic Games.
They held at least six women against their will and repeatedly assaulted them in a series of pack rapes a judge described as ‘worse than murder’.
Ms Mastropetros repeatedly asked him to leave her alone, but claimed the deluge of messages continued.
She was bombarded with emails titled ‘my love my life’, and ‘Us’, where he detailed their make-believe sexual relationship.
Eventually, she was so terrified by the ordeal that she changed her name, phone number, email address, and moved back to Victoria with her husband.
That was before Skaf went to police and claimed that she was, in fact, the one who had stalked or intimidated him.
Alexandra Mastropetros, 27, is pictured with her husband, Ahmed
Mohammed Skaf is pictured 48 hours after he was released from prison in 2021
Mohammed Skaf sent Ms Mastropetros a series of messages after they met at the beach in February this year
In February, little more than a year after his release, Ms Mastropetros told Skaf she recognised him from somewhere.
He did not say who he was, but instead explained that he had been ‘away for a long time’ and that he was lonely and wanted a friend.
‘He seemed perfectly fine the day we met, but then the messages and phone calls started,’ she claimed.
‘Within a week, he called and called and I started getting worried so I looked his name up and I saw so many articles – I used to read about him in the news when I was a child.’
She decided to write back to his messages and ask him to leave her alone, to which he asked ‘is it because of who I am?’
‘I said it wasn’t, it was just because he wouldn’t stop messaging me.’
From there, she said, the situation only got worse.
In a series of disturbing emails and messages, seen by Daily Mail Australia, Skaf professed his love of Ms Mastropetros, despite only meeting her once, and even though he knew she was married.
One email was signed ‘Mohammed Skaf’, and read: ‘Please Alexia please please I need you, I haven’t stopped thinking about you.’
‘I want more than friends I know you are married and I’m sorry for bothering you.
‘All I can think about is your body and what I want to do to you, I am having dreams of us having sex and your body hasn’t left my mind..I need you I want you please contact.’
Mohammed Skaf (left) is seen trying to help lift a girl from the sand while Tayyab Sheik (right) is seen leaning over the other girl in October 2000. The girls walked away, unscathed
Mohammed Skaf is pictured at the age of 17, after his arrest in Sydney in 2000
In an email titled ‘Us’, Skaf detailed a make-believe relationship between himself and Ms Mastropetros (pictured)
Ms Mastropetros blocked him but he continued to assail her with messages, and finally she arranged to meet him alongside her husband and her best friend to tell him to end contact.
However she felt too scared to see him and cancelled the meeting.
Ms Mastropetros says Skaf continually emailed, called and texted her, even though she told him not to (messages from Skaf, pictured)
In one email, Skaf said he spoke to his psychologist about Ms Mastropetros (pictured)
The constant messaging resumed, and he told Ms Mastropetros he wanted to marry her and had cut off other romantic options to pursue a relationship with her.
Ms Mastropetros said they never had a relationship, because she is married, and described the scene in the email as a ‘delusion’.
Mohammed Skaf (right) was released from Long Bay jail in October 2021. Bilal Skaf (left) will be eligible for parole in 2033. He is serving a minimum term of 28 years with a maximum of 31
In June, Skaf went to Bankstown police station and filed an apprehended violence order against Ms Mastropetros and her friend, Hicham Ismail – who tried to ask Skaf to stop contacting her.
By that stage, Ms Mastropetros said she had grown so terrified for her safety that she changed her number, got a new email address, legally changed her name, and moved back to Melbourne with her husband.
She didn’t know the was facing charges in NSW for stalking and harassment, and didn’t realise she was supposed to appear in Bankstown Local Court on September 7.
When she missed her court date, she was convicted in her absence and police put a warrant out for her arrest.
Her vehicle was pulled over by police in Victoria and she was arrested, locked up, and extradited back to Sydney.
Ms Mastropetros said she tried to explain the situation to police and tried to show them his messages, but they did not believe her.
She is now forced to stay in Sydney to comply with her bail conditions, even though she is terrified Skaf will find her.
The AVO against Ismail, who was previously jailed for affray, was upheld in Bankstown Local Court in September for a period of two years.
Ms Mastropetros will face court again for sentencing on September 21.
Prominent victims advocate Howard Brown said the messages from Skaf should be a ‘red flag’ to police, given his past history.