Some people will do anything to get out of work and Mohammad Hasan is very good at it. He arrived in Australia in 2000 and is still on the dole.
He saw Centrelink as his future source of income and last week a Sydney court found him guilty of bashing his wife in November last year because his dinner was "too salty."
Two weeks before the attack he pleaded guilty to forging six medical reports to qualify for a range of welfare benefits for himself, his wife and his son, and was placed on a good behaviour bond.
As well as the baby bonus, Hasan applied for the Disability Support Pension, essential medical equipment payments, a carer payment and also carer allowance for his son who he lied had congenital heart disease.
Last week he pleaded not guilty to two assault charges against his wife but was found guilty and placed on a good behaviour bond for two years. A two-year apprehended violence order was ordered to protect his wife, who still lives with him and their two children at Lakemba.
Hasan tried to get his wife to withdraw the charges and she made an attempt to do so, and it strikes me that she has placed herself and her children in extreme danger living under the same roof with this man.
Hasan's explanation for the beating? He was on medication and couldn't remember what happened.