Somali refugee who helped a ‘cannibal’ rob two men while threatening to rape, kill and eat them WON’T be jailed or deported
- A 24-year-old has narrowly avoided being deported after a disturbing robbery
- Ali Yussuf Omar arrived in Australia in 2005 as a refugee from Somalia
- Omar pleaded guilty to the robbery of two men outside Queensland bottle shop
A Somali refugee who helped another man rob two people outside a north Queensland bottle shop will not be deported or jailed.
Ali Yussuf Omar, 24, was told he would be allowed to stay in Australia at Townsville District Court on Monday despite pleading guilty to one count of robbery in company.
His co-accused, also 24, told one of the two men the pair robbed he was a cannibal and that he would rape, murder and eat him if he told anyone what had happened.
Two men were robbed outside the Dan Murphy’s bottle ship in Garbutt, North Queensland (pictured)
Police arrested Omar in the Dan Murphy’s carpark in Garbutt, north Queensland.
He was found not guilty of robbery in company using personal violence for a second robbery in the store just minutes earlier, according to the Townsville Bulletin.
The court heard his co-accused grabbed each of the victims, pinned their forearm to their chest and demanded their wallets and alcohol before making the disturbing threats.
He then handed the stolen items to Omar, whose defence barrister said had been drinking alcohol beforehand.
Omar’s co-accused was sentenced in a separate court appearance to 23 months jail but was immediately released on parole having spent 124 days in prison.
Judge Brad Farr said at his sentencing that the robbery and threats has caused severe emotional and psychological trauma to the victim.
On Monday, Townsville District court was told Omar had moved to Australia from Somalia in 2005 and was granted a protection visa.
Omar had applied for citizenship in 2019 and his defence team requested a sentence of under 12 months.
He was sentenced to a 10 month intensive correction order on top of 42 days already spent in custody with Judge Gregory Lynham said he had narrowly avoided being deported.
‘You need to wake up to yourself… otherwise you run the risk, that sooner rather than later you will be on a plane heading back to Somalia,’ he said.
Ali Yussuf Omar, 24, was told he would be allowed to stay in Australia at Townsville District Court (pictured) on Monday despite pleading guilty to one count of robbery in company