Raping for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
From the Canberra Times:
Bail refused in 'bizarre' sex caseBY ANDREW DRUMMOND 15/09/2008 12:00:00 AM
Two Sydney men have been refused bail over allegations they repeatedly raped a woman to rid her of a fictional religious curse, in a case that has been described as ''bizarre and evil''.
The woman, aged 23 in 2001 when the alleged assaults began, was told by the men that someone in the Greek community had put a curse on her using black magic and that her family would suffer cancer and possible infertility.
Details of the case were outlined in a 50-page police document tendered at Parramatta Bail Court yesterday where one of the men, Tony Golossian, 61, faced 151 charges of sex offences against the woman.
''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 said.
Golossian faced court for the first time yesterday after he was taken to hospital with chest pains a short time after his arrest on Friday.
A defence solicitor said Golossian was happy to comply with strict bail conditions, including a commitment not to contact the victim.
However, Mr Johnson denied the application and refused bail.
''Of concern is that the victim moved ... and changed her name but was tracked down by the perpetrator of these offences who [is allegedly the] mastermind of this series of charges,'' Mr Johnson said.
Police allege that Golossian and his co-accused 38-year-old Arthur Psichogios, who faces 79 sex offence charges against the same victim told the woman they could rid her of the curse.
Police said Golossian terrified the woman with details of the alleged curse. The court was told, ''The [victim] and her 15-year-old sister at the time would get breast cancer and their fallopian tubes would no longer function. Her mother would contract kidney cancer and her father would contract lung cancer. The most significant curse would be that her 15-year-old sister would die before 2004. These alleged curses terrified the complainant and placed her under immense duress.''
Between January 2001 and June 2005 the woman allegedly paid the men between $70,000 and $100,000 for a number of prayer sessions during which she was raped and coerced into performing oral sex on the men.
The men arranged the sessions to take place at four different hotels around Sydney and at one hotel on the state's Central Coast.
During early sessions, the woman was told to bring clippings of her armpit and pubic hair which was burnt while prayers were said, before the woman was blindfolded and made to smoke cigarettes and ingest special herbs and holy water.
Police allege Golossian told the woman she was about to have a dream that would feel real and that she shouldn't fight it or ever tell anyone what happened or the curse would not be lifted.
The woman told police Golossian told her: ''By the name of the father and the son and the holy spirit, I am King Rasoul. A curse has been put on you ... and your family ... cancer ... I'm an angel I'm here to help you.''
She remembers hearing Golossian unzip his pants before being vaginally penetrated.
There were numerous such prayer sessions, during which Psichogios on occasions had sex with the woman.
During more recent sessions the men videotaped themselves having sex with the woman, telling her to ask them to have sex with her and look like she was enjoying herself or the curse would not be lifted.
The videotapes were among property seized by police during raids of the mens' homes on Friday.
In 2005, realising that her sister had not died prior to 2004 as outlined in the curse, the woman ceased contact with Golossian and Psichogios, left her job, moved and married, taking on her husband's surname.
However, in 2006 the woman's husband received photos and videos on his mobile phone, showing segments of the sex tapes.
He did not believe his wife's explanation for the photos and videos and filed for divorce, leaving the woman alone and pregnant, police said.
Both men are due to face Burwood Local Court on October 29. AAP
I have to ask the obvious question. If this woman didn't believe in the supernatural, curses, gods, demons, or magic, do you think she would be more or less likely to pay a hundred thousand dollars to get repeatedly raped?
Just a thought.