A man charged with murdering his wife and assaulting his three young children this week pleads he is a loving father.
Earlier this week we reported on three children involved in an assault, police then arrested their father Bassam Raad, 34, who has briefly faced an out-of-sessions court hearing on Wednesday night charged with one count of murder and three counts of intentionally causing serious injury, reports 9 NEWS.
He was arrested after his three young children, all aged under six, were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries on Monday night.
Homicide detectives linked him to the murder of a then-unidentified 27-year-old woman whose battered body was found dumped about two kilometres from the family’s Broadmeadows home wrapped in a quilt by a passing jogger on June 17.
During the hearing police confirmed the woman was Raad’s wife Zeinab Taleb.
Detective Senior Constable Miranda Stubbs told the hearing police believes Raad murdered his wife at their home after forensic officers found a considerable amount of blood inside.
Dressed in a blue police-issued jumpsuit and black thongs, a clean-shaved Raad told the bail justice he feared for his safety while in custody and should be granted bail.
“My heart is breaking. I want to see my kids,” Raad told the hearing.
“I am a loving father.”
Surrounded by nine homicide detectives, Raad also told the hearing police had refused to give him his thyroid medication, a shower or clean clothes to wear during his two days in custody.
He was refused bail and will appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.
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