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Man jailed for Islamophobic attack on pregnant woman

Man jailed for Islamophobic attack on pregnant woman

An Australian man has been jailed after he was caught on camera punching and stomping on a pregnant woman in a suspected Islamophobic attack. Stipe Lozina attacked Rana Elasmar in Sydney last year as Elasmar sat in a cafe with friends. Lozina approached their table and asked for money. When Elasmar refused, he launched into a ’vicious’ assault fuelled by religious prejudice.

Scott 3 weeks

The key bit of information missed in this description is that the attacker was a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. He may have suffered some childhood trauma as a refugee from the Balkans (absolutely no excuse for what he did). But this should be a story about mental health.

Darrell Vermilion
Darrell Vermilion 3 weeks

This was clearly mental illness mixed with cultural conflict/bias that's common for people from the Balkans. Given that he was born in Australia (but is pretty clearly a Croat) it seems most likely that a family member told him the story about his mother--at which point he internalized it, causing it to subsequently manifest through his mental illness. This isn't uncommon in schizophrenic patients at all; it's an illness that generally manifests as a tendency for provocation due to fear, and we've collectively ensured race* and sex will be the most provocative topics available for the forseeable future. *as is the case in many parts of the world, religion is closely tied to ethnicity in the Balkans

Noah PaulOG
Noah PaulOG 3 weeks

Completely horrible act. Can the message please start being: random acts of violence against innocent people is wrong

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