Shane Persan was born in Iraq, grew up in Pakistan, then moved to Sydney.
After living in Australia for seven years, he left the city and went to live with his mother in Melbourne.
After several years, Shane returned to Pakistan.
In November 2014, Shane and his mother were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Shane was sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2015.
In July 2016, the Court of Appeal upheld his death sentence.
A review of the case in 2016 found that Shane had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and was in treatment for those conditions.
However, the review said the sentence was too lenient.
Shane’s lawyer told the ABC he was a victim of a cruel, arbitrary and capricious criminal justice system.
“I feel the Government and the Supreme Court are failing him,” lawyer Matthew Brown said.
“This has been a cruel system.”
When Shane arrived in Australia in March 2020, his mother had already moved back to her native Pakistan.
Shane lived with his grandmother, who has since died.
When Shane was five, he had his first brush with the law, when he was caught shoplifting at a supermarket.
The store manager told Shane he was being fined $500 for the offence.
Shane, who was 16 at the time, pleaded guilty and was fined $400.
The next day, Shane was again arrested and fined for shoplifting, this time $400 for each time he had done it.
In August 2020, Shane’s mother and grandmother were arrested.
Shane pleaded guilty to shoplifting and was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for two years.
In February 2021, Shane pleaded no contest to shop theft and was sentenced for three years’ probation.
Shane said he had suffered from mental health issues since childhood and had been taking medication.
“The government is just doing this to keep me from having the medication I need to make me better,” he said.
In March 2021, the Supreme Commission for Women recommended that Shane be released from custody and ordered him to attend a rehabilitation program.
However Shane was denied parole and remains behind bars.
The Federal Court in July 2016 upheld the High Court’s decision and found Shane had not been rehabilitated.
The commission found Shane’s criminal record was “fraught with inconsistencies and contradictions” and he was likely to reoffend again.
“It would appear to be that Shane’s experience as a child of an Indigenous family was more traumatic than the circumstances surrounding his incarceration,” the commission found.
The High Court upheld the Federal Court’s judgment in November 2016.
Shane spent most of his time in jail in a solitary cell and was allowed to take medication to help him cope with the stress of being locked up for years without contact with his family.
Shane told the Australian he was happy with the decision and that he was now more productive.
However he said he would continue to resist the idea of parole.
“That’s not the reality of what’s going on,” he told the AP.
“What’s happening in my life is completely irrelevant to me, I don’t have any issues.
I just have issues with my mental health.”