The Sydney Morning Herald has a bad case of the inappropriate Don Juans at the moment. On the weekend, the now-former David Jones CEO Mark McInness – who had to quit after someone complained about his sexual harassment – was described as A touch of Don Juan in the ladies’ department. And now this:
‘Don Juan’ HIV taxi rapist jailed: ‘I swear on my kids you are going to be shocked’
Firstly, what kind of shit headline is that?
And secondly, what kind of bullshit is this:
[Hassan] Nagi, a father of three from Bexley, who pleaded a chronic case of “Don Juanism” in court, will be eligible for parole in October 2018.
I’m sorry, what the fuck? Did his legal defence really rest on him having a “chronic case of Don Juanism”? If so, he should have fired his lawyer. I don’t know if “it’s not rape, it’s just surprise sex” is really a very good legal defence.
The victims, aged 31, 23 and 27, were raped after hailing Nagi’s cab at night. Two of them were heavily intoxicated after a night out.
Ah, they were drunk after partying so they must have deserved it just a little bit. Or else led him on so that he couldn’t help himself, what with his chronic case of Don Juanism.
The judge said while Nagi’s HIV status meant that the punishment he suffered would be greater, it was hard to quantify how much it should reduce his sentence.
That’s one way of looking at it. The other would be that his crime was greater.
Don Juan was a (fictional) legendary lover and seducer. Does this mean that journos/subs/editors at the Sydney Morning Herald believe that sexually harrassing employees, and raping customers and knowingly infecting them with HIV, is just lovemaking and seduction?