"Next time you think about picking up a drink you will remember this pain."

With these words, Wassim Fayad finished administering 40 lashes with an electrical cord across the back of Muslim convert Cristian Martinez, helping the Sydney man to quit drugs and alcohol.

A court heard that Fayad and three other men - Zakaryah Raad, Tolga Cifci and Cengiz Coskun - claimed they were following sharia when they held Mr Martinez down and whipped him on the back in the middle of the night.

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