Expert evidence that an Afghan refugee didn't fully comprehend the meaning of sexual consent when he raped two women has been rejected by a Victorian judge.
Esmatullah Sharifi was jailed for 14 years for raping the two women, who were both intoxicated, within a five-day period.
Sharifi pleaded guilty to one count of rape over a 2008 attack on an 18-year-old woman he picked up outside a nightclub when she was drunk.
He was jailed in 2009 for nine and a half years for another rape committed five days after that attack, on Christmas Day.
It was a cultural thing...
The court heard Sharifi suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his Shi'ite Muslim family, from the Hazara ethnic minority, being persecuted by the Taliban, who had killed his father.
Sharifi fled to Pakistan and came to Australia on a temporary protection visa in 2001.
And someone approved this guy's residency.