A “stranger” had been seen loitering in the lobby of a Sydney apartment complex weeks before the mysterious deaths of two Saudi sisters, allegedly telling another person he was from the same room as the pair.
New claims surrounding the sudden deaths of Asra Abdullah Alsehli and Amaal Abdullah Alsehli were revealed on ABC Radio as police continue to probe the suspicious situation.
The pair, 24 and 23 respectively, were found dead in their Sydney apartment in the suburb of Canterbury earlier this year.
Authorities believe they had been dead for over a month before anybody noticed and reported their absences.
An ABC Background Briefing episode has shed new light on the scenario surrounding Asra and Amaal’s deaths, including the discovery of “crucifix necklaces” on the floor of the bedroom.
Presenter Rachael Brown said the item is strange as Saudi Arabia, the girls’ home country, is overwhelmingly Muslim.
“It’s unclear whether this was a sign that the sister has renounced Islam … or something else entirely,” she tells the program.
More disturbing allegations emerge from neighbours who claimed to have seen a man loitering in the lobby of the Canterbury building weeks before the girls deaths were reported.
One witness told the presenters he asked the man which unit he was from and he replied with the apartment number Asra and Amaal resided in.
“They noticed a man that they hadn’t seen before, he was of middle-eastern appearance,” presenter Mahmood Fazal says.
“(Another person) spotted the man again.
“When he approached the person he said ‘What room are you from?
“The bloke said: 115.”
Other neighbours told the program they rarely saw the girls leave their apartment.
The new program comes amid leaked evidence revealing the pair may have taken their own lives by consuming toxic chemicals.
Police have only said the deaths are considered “suspicious” and “unusual”.
Asra and Amaal’s bodies were found in their beds in separate rooms, reportedly next to bottles of chemicals.