Sydney estate agent relisting flat for rent where Saudi sisters were found dead
The Sydney apartment where the bodies of two Saudi sisters were found in June is back on the rental market with a property listing saying their deaths were ‘not a random crime and will not pose a potential risk to the community “.
Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and her sister Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, 23, were found dead on June 7 in separate bedrooms in the flat in the south-west suburb of Canterbury.
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Police believe they died in early May. The decomposed state of their remains complicated the task of determining the cause of death.
The first-floor Canterbury Road flat opened for inspection on Monday with rent set at $362 (A$520) per week. That’s $28 (AU$40) more than the sisters were charged.
An online announcement said the apartment had been designated a crime scene and the mysterious deaths were still under police investigation.
“According to police, this is not a random crime and will not pose a potential risk to the community,” the announcement read.
But the police neither confirmed nor denied the estate agent’s advice.
“While the investigation is ongoing, police continue to request information about the deaths of the two women,” a police statement read. “No further information is available at this time.”
Police released the names and photographs of the sisters last week as part of a call for more public information about their deaths, but investigators have remained tight-lipped on many details, including how the sisters arrived in Australia as teenagers in 2017, their visa status and how they made money.
They had worked for a time as traffic controllers, a common job for backpackers and new immigrants. They were driving a luxury BMW 5 Series Coupe, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Police Detective Inspector Claudia Allcroft said their family in Saudi Arabia were cooperating with police and there was no suggestion they were suspects.
She called the decomposition of the bodies “problematic”. Last week, the police had not yet seen the results of the toxicology tests.
There was no evidence of forced entry into the apartment, where the sisters remained alone, Allcroft said.
“The deaths are suspicious in nature as we do not know the cause of death,” Allcroft said.
“The girls were 23 and 24 and they died together in their house. We do not know the cause of death, this is unusual due to their age and the nature of the case,” Allcroft added.
The sisters appeared frightened and suspicious that the food delivered to their flat had been tampered with, unidentified associates told Sydney media.
An unidentified police source told the Daily Telegraph in Sydney: ‘This really does appear to be a tragic suicide.
The sisters were able to show “significant savings” in a bank account when they applied to rent their apartment, property manager Jay Hu told the newspaper, but they had stopped paying rent earlier this year.
“They had always paid on time before that. … They were good tenants,” Hu told the newspaper.
The overseas-based landlord had taken legal action to recover unpaid rent before the sisters’ bodies were found, Hu said.
The property listing stated that the bedrooms in the apartment both had new flooring.
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