When Arnima’s lover picked up the phone, he spat five menacing words at her father. Weeks later the 19-year-old uni student – who had so much to live for – was found dead. This is their story
- Man admits stalking lover Arnima Hayat’s father
- Demanded her hand in marriage
- ‘I want a decision quickly,’ he warned
A man accused of the brutal murder of his girlfriend, 19, has admitted stalking her father and verbally threatening him when he declined to give him permission to marry her daughter: ‘I want a decision quickly.’
The 22-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, allegedly murdered university student Arnima Hayat, 19, at a unit in North Parramatta in January 2022. He was separately charged with stalking and intimidating her father, Abu Hayat.
Court documents read to Bankstown Local Court in Sydney’s west on Monday revealed the muscular man had a fiery argument with Mr Hayat, after turning up to his home in the evening of October 8, 2021.
He them he was going to marry their daughter, then 18 – something her parents disapproved of, Magistrate Jennifer Giles told the court.
Arnima with her boyfriend. He pleaded guilty to stalking in court on Monday and received a five month sentence and a lifelong AVO not to approach her father of family members
The man, 22, rang Arnima’s mother and warned ‘I want a decision quickly’ about whether he could marry her. They disapproved
Mr Hayat had told his daughter’s intended husband ‘if you want to marry Arnima we want to meet with your parents first before we will consider allowing the marriage.’
When an argument broke out, Arnima and her fiance went to a Hayat family friend and neighbour’s flat, the court heard.
About 8.45pm, Mr Hayat started receiving calls from an unknown mobile number.
He answered the fourth call and her daughter’s boyfriend was ‘angry and started abusing’ Mr Hayat ‘and making threats of harm’.
Ms Giles said that the offender said to his girlfriend’s father, ‘are you a man or are you a lady? Why can’t you make a decision?
‘I want a decision quickly.’
Two hours later, Mr Hayat attended Campsie police station, where police told him the young man had made admissions to police that he did swear and abuse the older man over the phone.
After hearing the offender’s history and that he was bail refused, Magistrate Giles peered at a document which revealed the man had later been charged with the murder of Ms Hayat.’
‘Who’s the victim of the (alleged) murder?’ she asked. ‘Oh, it’s Arnima, oh no. Oh dear, that’s awful … it’s all falling into place.’
Ms Giles sentenced the 22-year-old (right) to five months’ prison, effective immediately, for the stalking charge
Ms Giles sentenced the 22-year-old to five months’ prison, effective immediately, for the stalking charge.
He was also put him on a lifetime AVO not to approach Abu Hayat or his family. The young man’s defence counsel Mark Rozalky told the magistrate that the offender was ‘likely to be on remand for a considerable period of time’.
Outside the court, Abu Hayat told Daily Mail Australia that his wife and younger daughter were currently in his native Bangladesh and had phoned him ‘crying’ from the capital, Dhaka after Monday’s hearing.
He said that since the death of his daughter, aged 19, in January last year they were not coping.
‘My family is broken,’ he said.
‘My wife is always crying. Every day we talk about my daughter … (we) won’t sleep whole night sometimes.’
The man’s murder charge will come before a court at a later date.
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