The last words Maha Dunia said to her 16-year-son as he left their Sydney home early for his job were: 'God bless you.'
Just over 24 hours later, after she and other relatives had spent the night searching for him, Mahmoud Hrouk's battered body was found in a nearly vacant home in Fairfield East, western Sydney.
His mother wept at times on Tuesday when giving evidence at the NSW Supreme Court trial of Aymen Terkmani, 24, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder and aggravated sexual assault of her teenage son on the evening of May 16, 2015.
Maha Dunia (pictured) is the mother of Mahmoud Hrouk and gave evidence at New South Wales Supreme Court
Maha Dunia spoke to the court about the last time she talked to her son
Maha Dunia's 16-year-old son that was murdered in 2015
The crown has alleged Terkmani raped the teenager, beat him with a toaster and rolling pin and strangled him while Mahmoud was under the influence of ecstasy.
Ms Dunia said she was in bed when Mahmoud left for his labouring job about 5.30am and asked her: 'Mum do you need anything before I leave?'
She replied no and said 'God bless you' as he left the house, never to be seen alive again by her.
Her son did not attend a dinner at his grandmother's that evening but told his father he would eat at McDonald's and ride