Monday, September 15, 2008

Australian Refused Bail in "Bizarre and Evil" Religious Sexual Assault Charges

An Australian churchgoer accused of sexually assaulting a woman during prayer sessions meant to lift a black magic curse on her was refused bail Sunday, it was reported.

A magistrate described the allegations against 61-year-old Sydney man Tony Golossian as "bizarre and evil" and declined to grant him bail, Australian Associated Press reported.

"Having read the allegations ... I must say that if this is proven it would be one of the most bizarre and evil cases I have come across in more than 40 years," magistrate Graham Johnson told a court in Sydney's western suburbs.

Golossian has been charged with more than 150 offences dating from 2001 to 2005.

New South Wales police alleged the woman approached Golossian, who claimed to be a senior member of the Coptic Orthodox church, for spiritual cleansing believing she had been cursed by a member of Sydney's Greek community.

Police alleged she was blindfolded and sexually assaulted at "prayer sessions" that took place at various hotels around western Sydney.

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