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Woman who opens up her house to recovering drug addicts and criminals claims migrant assaulted her

  • Matilda Bawden is having trouble evicting a migrant she alleges assaulted her 
  • Footage shows the man grabbing Ms Bawden by the arms and pushing her 
  • Her daughter Grace is afraid she could be harmed while she is sleeping at night

Monica O’shea For Daily Mail Australia

A woman who has been allowing recovering addicts, ex-offenders and homeless people to rent at her home is furious after allegedly being assaulted by a migrant. 

Matilda Bawden claims Mamoud Jaber, who was meant to be paying $150 per week in rent, became physical when she tried to evict him. 

Footage shown on Today Tonight shows the man grabbing Ms Bawden by the arms and pushing her as she claimed ‘that’s assault’ at her home in South Australia. 

A woman who has been allowing recovering addicts, ex-offenders and homeless people to rent at her home is furious after allegedly being assaulted by a foreign criminal.

A woman who has been allowing recovering addicts, ex-offenders and homeless people to rent at her home is furious after allegedly being assaulted by a foreign criminal.

A woman who has been allowing recovering addicts, ex-offenders and homeless people to rent at her home is furious after allegedly being assaulted by a foreign criminal.

‘That’s assault, that’s assault’, she screamed. 

Mr Jaber, on a student visa in Australia from Jordan, refuses to pay rent according to Ms Bawden. 

Ms Bawden’s daughter Grace, an opera singer, was terrified of the man and thought he was going to hurt her. 

‘It’s terrifying to find out he could steal anything, he could harm me while I’m even sleeping,’ she said.   

Now Ms Bawden, is considering giving up helping people in need because of the trouble she has faced with Mr Jaber. 

‘He always had a thousand excuses as to why he couldn’t pay his rent on time,’ she said. 

Matilda Bawden claims Mamoud Jaber (pictured), who was meant to be paying $150 per week in rent, became physical when she tried to evict him.

Matilda Bawden claims Mamoud Jaber (pictured), who was meant to be paying $150 per week in rent, became physical when she tried to evict him.

Matilda Bawden claims Mamoud Jaber (pictured), who was meant to be paying $150 per week in rent, became physical when she tried to evict him.

‘But I accept that I take in high risk people, so that goes with the nature of the territory.’ 

A spokesperson for SA Police said police are familiar with the matter and attended the property on May 14.  

‘From the situation explained to the patrol that attended it appeared to be a civil matter, therefore the police patrol have no right to evict,’ he said.  

‘The patrol remained at scene for a considerable length of time observing both parties to ensure no substantive offences were committed.

‘It is quite apparent there were attempts by both parties to influence an action by the attending patrol with allegations made by both parties without corroborative evidence.’  

A spokesperson for SA Police said police are familiar with the matter and attended the property on May 14. But they were unable to evict the man because the patrol that attended described it as a civil matter. 

A spokesperson for SA Police said police are familiar with the matter and attended the property on May 14. But they were unable to evict the man because the patrol that attended described it as a civil matter. 

A spokesperson for SA Police said police are familiar with the matter and attended the property on May 14. But they were unable to evict the man because the patrol that attended described it as a civil matter. 

The Home Affairs Department told Today Tonight they are aware of the case and take their responsibility to protect the community.  

‘The Australian Government takes seriously its responsibility to protect the community from the risk of harm arising from foreign nationals who choose to engage in criminal activity or other serious conduct of concern,’ a spokesperson said. 

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