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A man who whipped a Muslim convert 40 times as punishment for drinking alcohol and taking drugs because of a "contorted" belief in sharia has been jailed for at least 16 months, with a magistrate saying he had "brought much shame upon the Islamic faith".

Wassim Fayad, 45, was one of four men sentenced on Friday for their assault upon Cristian Martinez in July, 2011.

He was whipped 40 times with an electric cord in his Silverwater home, while three other men held him down on his bed.


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