A Sydney father accused of covering up his wife’s alleged fatal abuse of their two-year-old son will remain in prison after a failed bid to be transferred to immigration detention.
The 35-year-old Iranian fled persecution six years ago hoping for a better life in Australia, a bail hearing at Parramatta Local Court heard on Tuesday.
He’d started a business and a family but, in the weeks leading up to toddler’s death in early August 2018, his wife allegedly beat their two-year-old so badly his tiny body was left with a broken leg, a fractured shoulder and fractured skull.
The father’s failure to alert authorities allowed her violence to escalate before the boy died from his injuries at Westmead Hospital where he’d been taken “unresponsive”, the court heard.
The then-27-year-old mother was charged with murder and the father was charged with concealing a serious indictable offence in February following an extensive police investigation.
Neither can be identified for legal reasons.
The dead boy’s sibling would later tell police the mother had beaten the two-year-old “with a belt, sandal, and open hand” and made him try to walk on his shattered leg in the hours before he was taken to hospital.