Sydney real estate agent says deaths of Saudi sisters not random crime

The Sydney apartment where the bodies of two Saudi sisters were found in June is back on the rental market with a real estate advising their deaths were “not a random crime and will not be a potential risk for the community”.
Asra Abdullah Alsehli, 24, and her 23-year-old sister Amaal Abdullah Alsehli, were found dead on June 7 in separate bedrooms of the apartment in the south-west suburb of Canterbury.

Police believe they died in early May. The decomposed state of their remains complicated the task of determining the causes of death.

Two women, 24-year-old Asra Abdullah Alsehli and 23-year-old Amaal Abdullah Alsehli were found dead inside their home nearly two months ago.
Two women, 24-year-old Asra Abdullah Alsehli and 23-year-old Amaal Abdullah Alsehli were found dead inside their western Sydney home nearly two months ago. (9News)

The first-floor Canterbury Road apartment was open for inspection on Monday with rent set at $520 a week.

That is $40 more than the sisters were charged.

An online ad said the apartment had been designated a crime scene and the mysterious deaths remained under police investigation.

“According to the police, this is not a random crime and will not be a potential risk for the community,” the ad said.

But police would not confirm or deny the real estate agent’s advice.

“As the investigation is ongoing, police continue to appeal for information in relation to the deaths of the two women,” a police statement said.

“No further information is available at this stage.”

Police released the sisters’ names and photographs last week in an appeal for more public information about how they died, but investigators have remained tight-lipped about many details, including how the sisters came to Australia as teenagers in 2017, their visa status and how they earned money.

The women’s bodies were found in a Canterbury Road unit. (AP)
Multiple sources with knowledge of the case said the sisters had been seeking asylum in Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

They had worked for a time as traffic controllers and drove a luxury BMW 5 Series coupe, the newspaper reported.

Police detective Inspector Claudia Allcroft said their family in Saudi Arabia was cooperating with police and there was “nothing to suggest” that they were suspects.

She described the decomposition of the bodies as “problematic”.

Police last week had yet to see the results of toxicology tests.

There was no evidence of forced entry to the apartment, where the sisters kept to themselves before their suspicious deaths, Allcroft said.

“The girls were 23 and 24 years old and they have died together in their home. We don’t know the cause of death, it’s unusual because of their age and the nature of the matter,” Allcroft added.

The sisters seemed fearful and suspicious that food delivered to their apartment had been tampered with, unidentified associates told Sydney media.

The real estate ad said the apartment’s bedrooms both had new flooring.

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