New details following deaths of Saudi sisters

New details following deaths of Saudi sisters

New details have emerged about the living situation of two sisters who were found dead in their Sydney apartment, with documents showing they hadn’t paid rent in months prior to their bodies being discovered.

The bodies of 24-year-old Asra Abdullah Alsehli and 23-year-old Amaal Abdullah Alsehli were found at a Canterbury Rd home, near Dibbs St, in suburb of Canterbury on June 7, following a concern for welfare report.

Their bodies were found in separate bedrooms in a state of severe decay, leading police to believe they had been there for some time.

The cause of their deaths is set to be identified, with no signs of injury on their bodies and police still waiting on toxicology results.

A document from the NCAT NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal obtained by shows Asra and Amaal were behind in their rental payments by $5142.86 as of May 13.

That equates to more than 10 weeks of missed rent for their $480 two bedroom apartment.

The sisters also had $26.18 in outstanding water charges.

Police previously attended the unit in mid-March after a call from the building manager, which would have been not long after the women stopped paying rent.

“I believe food had been left out in the common areas and he contacted police as he was concerned for their welfare,” Detective Inspector Claudia Allcroft said

Ms Allcroft said at the time the girls “appeared to be fine” and “no issues” were raised during that visit, with no further action taken by police.

As a result of the unpaid rent, the landlord took the matter to the Tribunal, though the sisters never appeared at the May 13 hearing, which took place less than a month before their bodies were discovered.

Due to the timing of the hearing and the decomposition of the bodies when they were discovered, it is possible the sisters were already dead by this time.

“The tenant has not appeared before the Tribunal on the hearing today. A copy of the Notice of Hearing addressed to the tenant at the residential premises the subject of the tenancy appears on the tribunal’s file,” the NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal document states.

“Having regard to the Registrar’s statutory declaration concerning notice and listing procedures in the Tribunal’s registries, The Tribunal finds that a copy of the Notice of Hearing was sent to the tenant. It has not been returned to the Tribunal.

“There is nothing to suggest that it was not received by the tenant. The Tribunal is satisfied that the tenant has been served with notice of the hearing today.”

As a result of the sister’s absence at the hearing, the Tribunal ordered the The Residential Tenancy Agreement be terminated and possession given to the landlord.

The order for possession was suspended until May 20, 2022.

If they continued to occupy the apartment after May 14, they would be required to pay a daily occupation fee of $68.57.

The Tribunal document noted that the landlord had submitted sworn evidence, including the Agency Agreement, the Residential Tenancy Agreement, the Notice of Termination and the Tenant Rent Ledger.

Chilling note in apartment ad

The Canterbury apartment where the women were discovered has since been put back up for rent at $520 a week, with an eerie detail spotted in the ad.

Below a long paragraph boasting about the unit’s “luxurious open-plan living spaces” and newly installed timber flooring is a short, two-sentence disclaimer.

“This property has found two deceased person on 07/06/2022, crime scene has been established and it is still under police investigation,” the note read.

The disclaimer continued that police believe this was “not a random crime” and will therefore not be a potential risk for the community.

Under NSW law, real estate agents and vendors are required to disclose whether a property was the site of a murder or manslaughter crime within the past five years.

There is still little known about the lives of Asra and Amaal, other than the fact they arrived in Australia from Saudi Arabia in 2017.

A man who was friends with Asra said he was never invited inside the sisters’ home and said he did not know where she worked.

“She told me nothing about her life like that … I did not go to her home, I meet her out, you know, not in the house,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

Investigators have also been unable to say what the pair did for work, though both have registered ABNs from 2018 to an address in Wetherill Park.

The horror situation has left neighbours of the women rocked, despite many telling 7 News the sisters mostly kept to themselves so they didn’t know them very well.

“The fact they were left there for that long, you know, it is just very, very sad,” one neighbour said.

Another said they “felt a bit scared” knowing such a horrible thing had happened right near their home.

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