In the District Court in Sydney on Friday, Judge Peter Zahra sentenced Ismail Belghar, 37, to a maximum four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for assaulting Canan Kokden and detaining her without consent in December 2009.
The court heard Ms Kokden was “convinced she was going to die” after Belghar slapped her, picked her up and held her over the car park railing from the chest upwards at Sydney’s Broadway shopping centre, saying “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill you”.
Belghar let Ms Kokden go after her brother came to her aid, the court heard.
Belghar, who pleaded guilty to the offences, detained Ms Kokden after she took his wife to a beach where they possibly wore bikinis – something he disapproved of.
Belghar said he was fearful that Ms Kokden was leading his wife “astray” and undermining his relationship with her, saying she was “like a different person” when she was with her sister.
The court heard Belghar, a Moroccan immigrant, was suffering from depression, anxiety, had a social phobia and had lived with the offence “hanging over his head” for nearly three years.
Judge Zahra said Belghar placed his victim in “substantial fear” as she went about her daily life.
“The victim believed she was going to fall to her death and the offender intended to put her in that frame of mind,” Judge Zahra said.
“The words he was `going to kill’ her would have placed the victim in extreme terror.”
Belghar will be eligible for parole in April 2015.