One of Australia’s most notorious gang rapists, Mohammed Skaf, is accused of sending lurid texts and emails to a married woman, telling her ‘I am having dreams of us having sex’.
Alexandra Mastropetros, 27, told Daily Mail Australia she met Skaf, 40, in February this year, just after she moved from Melbourne to Sydney, when a mutual friend invited them to a beach near Rose Bay.
Ms Mastropetros thought he looked familiar, but had no idea he was a convicted gang rapist who used to who used to look for victims at the beach, and had only recently been released from Long Bay prison following a 22-year sentence.
Skaf was just 17 when he and about 13 others, lead by his older brother Bilal, went on a month-long rape rampage in Sydney’s south-west in the weeks leading up to the 2000 Olympic Games.
They held at least six women against their will and repeatedly assaulted them in a series of pack rapes a judge described as ‘worse than murder’.
Ms Mastropetros repeatedly asked him to leave her alone, but claimed the messages reached the point of delusion.
She was bombarded with emails titled ‘my love my life’, and ‘Us’, where he detailed their make-believe sexual relationship.
Eventually, she was so terrified by the ordeal that she changed her name, phone number, email address, and moved back to Victoria with her husband.
That was before Skaf went to police and she was extradited back to Sydney on a charge claiming that she was, in fact, the one who had stalked or intimidated Skaf, and was hit with a provisional restraining order.
Alexandra Mastropetros, 27, is pictured with her husband, Ahmed
Mohammed Skaf is pictured 48 hours after he was released from prison in 2021
Mohammed Skaf sent Ms Mastropetros a series of messages after they met at the beach in February this year
In February, little more than a year after his release, Ms Mastropetros told Skaf she recognised him from somewhere – he didn’t say who he was, but instead explained that he had been ‘away for a long time’ and that he was lonely and wanted a friend.
‘He seemed perfectly fine the day we met, but then the messages and phone calls started,’ she claimed.
‘Within a week, he called and called and I started getting worried so I looked his name up and I saw so many articles – I sued to read about him in the news when I was a child.’
She decided to write back to his messages and ask him to leave her alone, to which he asked ‘is it because of who I am?’
‘I said it wasn’t, it was just because he wouldn’t stop messaging me.’
From there, she said, the situation only got worse.
In a series of disturbing emails and messages, seen by Daily Mail Australia, Skaf professed his love to Ms Mastropetros, despite only meeting her once, and even though he knew she was married.
One email was signed ‘Mohammed Skaf’, and read: ‘Please Alexia please please I need you, I haven’t stopped thinking about you.’
Mohammed Skaf (left) is seen trying to help lift a girl from the sand while Tayyab Sheik (right) is seen leaning over the other girl in October 2000. The girls walked away, unscathed
Mohammed Skaf is pictured at the age of 17, after his arrest in Sydney in 2000
In an email titled ‘Us’, Skaf detailed a make-believe relationship between himself and Ms Mastropetros (pictured)
‘I want more than friends I know you are married and I’m sorry for bothering you.
‘All I can think about is your body and what I want to do to you, I am having dreams of us having sex and your body hasn’t left my mind..I need you I want you please contact.’
Skaf then said he would worship the ground she walked on, and claimed his ‘bad reputation’ was built on a lie.
‘Please let me see you I won’t touch you I just want to see you and that body,’ the email continued.
‘I am thinking of you now as writing this and strange things are happening to me lol.’
He sent her reams of messages, calling for her to unblock him – ‘Unlock me so I can talk to you please. It’s Mohammed. Please unblock me. Wallah I have nothing but love for you,’ he wrote.
Ms Mastropetros said eventually caved in and organised to meet up with him, alongside her husband and her best friend, to persuade him to stop contacting her.
However, after months of relentless messages, she was scared to see him and cancelled the meeting.
In May, he sent her a lengthy email titled ‘Us’, which detailed his heartache.
Ms Mastropetros says Skaf continually emailed, called and texted her, even though she told him not to (messages from Skaf, pictured)
In one email, Skaf said he spoke to his psychologist about Ms Mastropetros (pictured)
‘I tried calling and messaging you but nothing went through, and then tonight I was told that you changed your number? What happened to meeting and talking?’ he asked.
‘Were you scared off? Wallah I wouldn’t do anything wrong by you no matter what … Do you really think I was going to do you wrong? … I just wanted us to resolve our issues peacefully and no arguments.’
He then asked why she ‘broke up’ with him, and detailed a false scenario where they had a sexual relationship and ‘slept in the same bed’ for two months before she ‘turned’ on him and ‘walked away’.
Ms Mastropetros said they never had a relationship, because she is married, and described the scene in the email as a ‘delusion’.
It said: ‘Please understand you were the first girl I fell in love with and I loved spending so much time with you so it hasn’t been easy for me to forget you and walk away on you like how you walked away and forgot me.’
‘We were together for two months and we loved each other and we wanted to get married and have children and we had sex and we slept in the same bed together and we went out together and you were at my house every single day.’
‘What did I do wrong by you to break up with me? Please help me understand why you broke up with me and how you can just walk away on someone who you said you loved and wanted to marry? It doesn’t make sense.’
Mohammed Skaf (right) was released from Long Bay jail in October 2021. Bilal Skaf (left) will be eligible for parole in 2033. He is serving a minimum term of 28 years with a maximum of 31
In another email, he said ‘I told my psychologist what happened between us and she said you are cold controlling and can’t emotionally connect with me for nonsense’.
WHO IS MOHAMMED SKAF?
Mohammed Skaf was one of gang of Lebanese-Australian youths led by his older brother Bilal who went on a rampage of pack rapes in Sydney’s south-west in 2000.
One woman was raped 25 times by 14 attackers at three locations in an ordeal that lasted six hours.
She was called an ‘Aussie pig’, told she was going to get it ‘Leb-style’ and asked if ‘Leb c*** tasted better than Aussie c***’.
In another attack, a 16-year-old was pinned down on the ground and raped by 18-year-old Bilal while a dozen of his underlings stood around her laughing.
Skaf’s brother Bilal was the ringleader of the gang. He was almost 19 upon arrest, and is now 42. He will be eligible for parole in 2033.
Nine members of the Skaf gang were jailed. About five offenders were never caught.
Upon his release from jail in October 2021, the younger Skaf brother had spent most of his life in custody and never publicly expressed remorse for his crimes.
‘She said you are avoiding me because you don’t want to face the reality of your falsehoods when deep down you still want us to talk if you actually loved me.’
He said it ‘take a year to get over someone’ and urged her to ‘come back to where you belong with my family and let us [sic] sought this out between us’.
Skaf also explained he had another chance at love, but rejected it because he was still in love with Ms Mastropetros.
In June, Skaf went to Bankstown police station and filed an apprehended violence order against Ms Mastropetros and her friend, Hicham Ismail – who tried to ask Skaf to stop contacting her.
By that stage, Ms Mastropetros said she had grown so terrified for her safety that she changed her number, got a new email address, legally changed her name, and moved back to Melbourne with her husband.
She didn’t know the was facing charges in NSW for stalking and harassment, and didn’t realise she was supposed to appear in Bankstown Local Court on September 7.
When she missed her court date, she was convicted in her absence and police put a warrant out for her arrest.
Her vehicle was pulled over by police in Victoria and she was arrested, locked up, and extradited back to Sydney.
Ms Mastropetros said she tried to explain the situation to police and tried to show them his messages, but they didn’t believe her.
She is now forced to stay in Sydney to comply with her bail conditions, even though she is terrified Skaf will find her.
The AVO against Ismail, who was previously jailed for affray, was upheld in Bankstown Local Court in September for a period of two years.
Ms Mastropetros will face court again for sentencing on September 21.
Prominent victim’s advocate Howard Brown said the messages from Skaf should be a ‘red flag’ to police, given his past history.