Skaf is the young man who led a gang of young men in multiple pack rapes in Sydney in the weeks before the 2000 Olympics. Skaf summoned his mates by mobile phone for the attacks. In August 2002, he was convicted on 21 counts of aggravated rape, assault and kidnapping.
In the public mind, Skaf was a monster long before he was known by either his name or his face. The appalling nature of his crimes, his record 40-year minimum sentence and the accompanying remarks by Judge Michael Finnane ensured that.
"What this trial showed was that he was the leader of the pack, a liar, a bully, a coward, callous and mean," Finnane found. "He is, in truth, a menace to any civilised society."