A Sydney Botox boss and her husband have been sentenced for a jealousy-driven attack on an ex-employee, who was too afraid to sleep at home for a week after being called a “f**king dog” and “sl*t”.
Juliet Young, the “shadow director” of collapsed beauty company Injectable Institute Australia Pty Ltd, pleaded guilty to an intimidation charge along with Belal Hamdan, following their explosive tirade at former staff member Jill O’Donnell.
The argument followed a falling out in May last year between Ms Young and her ex-husband Fadi Dwayhi, whom Ms Young accused of sleeping with Ms O’Donnell.
Ms Young and Mr Hamdan wore black outfits as they faced Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday.
The court heard the beauty queen grew fixated on the idea her ex-husband was in a sexual relationship with Ms O’Donnell and called the staff member 11 times in one night.
According to agreed facts, Mr Dwayhi and Ms Young broke up in January last year, but continued their working relationship until May 17 when Mr Hamdan got into an argument with Ms Young’s 18-year-old neighbour, Gabriele Care.
Reading from agreed facts, Magistrate Susan Horan said Mr Hamdan approached Mr Care at the gym, where he accused him of siding with Mr Dwayhi in his and Ms Young’s break-up.
While speaking in an “animated manner” he called Mr Care a “f**king lowlife” and a “dog”.
The facts state Mr Hamdan tapped Mr Care’s head with his index finger, before poking him in the chest and nudging his arm. The actions forced Mr Care to back up into a wall.
Mr Hamdan then drove Mr Care to Ms Young’s house where the pair interrogated him before calling Ms O’Donnell, with Ms Young heard telling her “I hope your f**king father dies, you f**king little dog”.
Mr Hamdan joined in on the harassing call, telling Ms O’Donnell she was a “skanky little sl*t”, a “whore” and a home-wrecker.
“You’re a little f**king whore. That’s what you do, you break up families, you little f**king whore,” Hamden said.
The court heard Ms O’Donnell was so scared following the call that she feared staying at her home and lived with friends for a week.
On May 18, Mr Hamdan pleaded guilty to two counts of stalk or intimidate with intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm and Ms Young pleaded guilty to one count of the same charge.
At court on Tuesday, the couple’s defence lawyer Stephen Lloyd asked for Ms Young not to be convicted, given she had no prior criminal record.
Mr Lloyd told the court his client was motivated by jealousy and suspected Ms O’Donnell was spending time with her ex-husband on days she called in sick for work.
“She thought Ms O’Donnell was taking leave days because her father was ill when it turns out she may well have been involved with her ex-husband at this time,” Mr Lloyd said.
“It was (done) in spite … For both and her now-husband, they haven’t seen any of these people for 15 months. She’s clearly learned a timely lesson that (when) relationship difficulties happen, leave them at home”.
The court heard the incident had caused “great trauma” to Ms Young, though she accepted responsibility and had “blamed no-one but herself”.
As a 45-year-old woman originally from Scotland, Ms Young was concerned about the effect of a conviction on her application for Australian citizenship, the court was told.
Mr Lloyd did not submit Mr Hamdan should not be convicted, noting he had a lengthy criminal record.
Prosecutor Hannah Fitzgerald fought for both Mr Hamdan and Ms Young to be convicted, telling the court the impact on Ms O’Donnell was “quite significant”.
“She didn’t return home for a week — that was the nature of the phone call that inflicted that much fear,” she said.
“Mr Hamdan’s letter is indicative of some remorse but is somewhat at odds with what is submitted in the sentencing assessment report”.
Magistrate Horan noted Mr Hamdan maintained his innocence in the sentencing assessment report, despite earlier pleading guilty, and asked him to re-enter his pleas.
Mr Hamdan re-asserted his guilty pleas, saying the comment about him maintaining innocence was probably due to the way he explained the situation to police.
Ultimately, Magistrate Horan chose to convict both Ms Young and Mr Hamdan of the intimidation offences. The former was fined $1,000 and the latter was sentenced to a two-year community correction order (CCO) for the offence against Mr Care and a one-year CCO for intimidating Ms O’Donnell.
Injectable Institute Australia Pty Ltd opened 16 clinics across NSW since launching in 2015.
It shut all its venues in February after the sudden death of its owner and sole director, Michael Zillig.
The liquidator alleged the business was being run by Ms Young — also known as Sky Adams — as its “shadow director”.