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Daughter tells of pain over mum's murder

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016 Margaret Scheikowski

A grieving daughter has told a judge of her nightmares about the terror and pain her mother must have felt as she was brutally murdered by her obsessive boyfriend.

Shahram Hejabian, 40, was found guilty of murdering Nouha Salame in his Sydney home in 2014, after the jury rejected a claim that his mental state at the time reduced his criminal liability to manslaughter.

At his sentence hearing in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Sarah Salame read out a victim impact statement telling of the pain, anger and grief suffered by her and her two siblings.

Their mother had been extremely generous and had a great sense of humour, but now she was missing from her children's significant life events.

Hejabian, a refugee from Turkey who suffers from PTSD, was besotted with Nouha Salame and wanted to marry her.

But her daughter had told the jury her mother considered the relationship a "casual friendship" and Hejabian became obsessive and would turn up unannounced.

Hejabian, who probably used a hammer to fracture Nouha Salame's skull, took an overdose of prescription drugs and used a felt pen to cover the bedroom wall with a suicide note.

Her death was caused by the skull fractures combined with asphyxia.

But experts could not agree on whether an act of Hejabian caused the asphyxia or whether it flowed from her becoming unconscious in a position that blocked her airways.

He will be sentenced on December 1.

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