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Newborn baby dumped down drain in Quakers Hill , 30-year-old mother charged with attempted Murder

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What a sad but also appalling situation, for a mother (or father or both) to dump a baby physically down the drain, allegedly dropping the tot 2.4 metres. Thank god for a real hero and the babies guardian angel in cyclist family David Otte and his daughter Hayley who were riding past and heard the cries.

It is disgusting, but I understand the bleeding hearts who will rush to the mothers defence. This is bullshit.Take or leave the baby in hospital when it was born.


 

update 24/11/2014

Mother of baby boy abandoned in drain near Sydney’s M7 charged with attempted murder

Mon 24 Nov 2014, 7:01am

A 30-year-old woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn baby boy, who was found in a drain in Sydney’s west.

Cyclists heard the baby crying from the bottom of a two-and-a-half-metre drain near the M7 motorway at Quakers Hill on Sunday morning.

Police conducted an extensive search to find the baby’s mother, including hospital record checks and doorknocks.

On Sunday afternoon a 30-year-old woman from Quakers Hill was arrested after attending Blacktown police station.

She has been charged with attempted murder and will face Blacktown local court today.

It is believed the baby was born on Monday and police will allege he was placed in the drain the following day.

The baby was taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

The woman has been refused bail and has been remanded in custody.

Baby sounded like a ‘kitten screaming’

David Otte and his daughter Hayley said they were riding along the M7′s cycleway when they thought they heard a kitten screaming.

“No-one in their right mind would ever come across something like this,” Mr Otte said.

They could hear the baby’s cries from a small opening in the drain but were unable to lift the lid.

“We couldn’t get it off. We couldn’t get it off, we had to wait to help the police,” he said.

“Luckily we were there, right place right time. There was someone looking over us and told us to stop and have a look.

“At the end of the day we need to find what the truth is behind it and really find out if we can help the little fella.”

Both he and his daughter were deeply shaken and thought at one point the baby had died.

“All I wanted was for this baby to be safe so I’m glad that we got there and saved him,” Hayley Otte said.

Newborn would not have survived hot day

As Sydney’s west sweltered in 40 degree plus heat on Sunday, the chances of the baby surviving if he was not found were slim, police said.

Inspector David Lagats said finding the baby inside a drain was horrific.

“It was already undernourished and dehydration would have taken effect,” he said.

“The baby was conscious and breathing.

“He was removed from the drain and placed in the care of police.

“Ambulance were called and he’s been taken to the Westmead Children’s Hospital.”

ASHLEE MULLANY AND AAP
The Daily Telegraph
November 23, 2014 4:25PM

Newborn found in drain beside Sydney's M7
 This newborn baby boy was found down a drain at Quakers Hill this morning. Picture: NSW Police

THE mother of a baby found in a drain at Quakers Hill this morning has now been identified by police.

There are fears the newborn baby boy may have suffered internal injuries after being dropped down a 2.4m-deep drain near the M7 Motorway.

The dad and daughter who found the baby visited the Children’s Hospital at Westmead this afternoon to deliver a package of baby clothes.

David Otte and his daughter Hayley, as well as her mum Michelle, dropped off three sets of baby clothes, a new baby blanket and a face washer and towel.

“We wanted to see him, but the hospital said we weren’t able to at the moment,” Mr Otte said outside of hospital.

“We’d all really love a chance to see him again. Today has been such an emotional experience for everyone.”

Mrs Otte said the family was moved to give the little boy the gifts because “he really doesn’t have anything”.

“We have family, we have each other. He didn’t have anything.”

As a result of hospital record checks and doorknocks, the mother has been identified as a 20-year-old Quakers Hill woman.

She is currently assisting police with inquiries at Blacktown Police Station.

Mr Otte was cycling along the path with his 18-year-old daughter this morning when he heard the baby screaming.

“We were going on a leisurely ride, my daughter and I, and came across a noise that we could hear,” Mr Otte said.

“We actually thought it was a kitten and when we went down there we could hear exactly what it was, you could definitely tell it was a baby screaming.”

Mr Otte said he cycles on the path once a month and was about to turn around and head home when he heard the baby’s cries.

“Luckily we were there, someone was looking over us and told us to stop and have a look,” he said.

Cyclist David Otte and daughter Hayley found a baby boy whilst riding along a bike track

Cyclist David Otte and daughter Hayley found a baby boy whilst riding along a bike track beside the M7. Picture: Cameron Richardson bloody heroes!

Inspector David Lagats, from Quakers Hill police, said the boy was malnourished and undergoing medical tests at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

“He’s said to be in a serious but stable condition. The hospital estimates the baby to be two to three days old,” Insp Lagats said.

“He was already malnourished and dehydration would have taken effect so I would have had grave fears for the child’s welfare had it been exposed to this weather for the rest of the day.

“The umbilical cord had been cut and had been clamped. It appears to have had some medical intervention since its birth.”

Of concern is the height that the baby may have fallen from, Quakers Hill duty officer Inspector David Lagats said.

There was a gap between the ground and the concrete slab, big enough to put the child through, and police believe he dropped 2.4m.

Inside the drain you get a clearer indication of the 2.4m drop the child enduredafter bei

Inside the drain you get a clearer indication of the 2.4m drop the child endured after being dumped beside the M7. Picture Cameron Richardson

Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the

Westlink M7 staff use a crane to put the cover back onto the drain after it was removed earlier to save the baby. Picture: Cameron Richardson

The child is thought to be of Indian or Middle Eastern appearance.

Some of the cyclists who found him saw an Indian male in an orange shirt walking on the cycle track moments after they heard the baby’s cries.

Senior-Constable Mark McAlister was among the first on the scene and climbed into the drain with another detective to pull the distressed baby out.

“When I arrived there were several bike riders, cyclists and pedestrians standing around the drain. Myself and several other police have come up, we heard something coming from the drain,” Sen-Constable McAlister said.

Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the

Patrick Morgan, Mark McAllister and Darren McIntyre were the first police officers on the scene. Picture: Cameron Richardson

BUBS THAT WENT BEFORE…

August 2012: Six-week-old baby dumped on Joseph St, Lidcombe. Parents found arguing at Lidcombe station and child removed from family.

March 2013: Baby Ahn, abandoned hours after being born at Canterbury Hospital. 30-year-old Korean mother left him at the hospital.

April 2014: Baby “Mai”, 18-month-old left on the doorstep of a Western Sydney home. Mother was taken to immigration detention but released on a bridging visa.

“At least six of us have then lifted up the concrete drain lid, when we’ve opened it we’ve sighted the small baby wrapped up in a hospital blanket. He appeared very young.

“How could someone do it? I, myself, have kids and we’re expecting a baby in a few more months so it’s not good that someone’s going through this and has done this to a little one.

“It was a bit surreal really. It’s great that someone actually stopped and heard it and had the initiative to give us a call.”

A photo of the baby boy in Sen-Constable McAlister’s arms has been widely circulated on social media this morning as police attempt to find the baby’s parents.

Lisa Charet, district director from the Department of Families and Community Services, said it was likely the child would be released from hospital into the care of the state.

“At this stage we are really worried about his welfare and mum’s. We can give her the help and support that she needs. She must be feeling enormously distressed,” Ms Charet said.

The child’s cry was heard coming from beneath the concrete slab to the right. Picture: Ca

The child’s cry was heard coming from beneath the concrete slab to the right. Picture: Cameron Richardson

“When this sort of thing happens, people are in a place of desperation.”

With temperatures tipped to peak above 40C in Western Sydney today there were concerns the child would have died if he had been found later in the day.

ICAC: Former NSW minister Ian Macdonald to be prosecuted over Doyles Creek mine licence

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Wipe that bloody smile off your face McDonald, there will be no happy meals in jail when they finish with you (well apart from the I’m dying, have 34 cancers, amnesia and dementia and so on, which will be a disgraceful defence to those that suffer from those diseases

Long time waiting for this, with more crooks to come, including the outrageously corrupt and greedy Obeid Tribe

Update Thu 20 Nov 2014, 4:57pm

ICAC: Former NSW ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald to be prosecuted after corruption findings

Former New South Wales Labor ministers Eddie Obeid and Ian Macdonald have been ordered to appear in court after prosecutors decided to act on the findings of the state’s corruption watchdog.

Mr Obeid is being prosecuted for alleged misconduct in public office relating to restaurant leases at Circular Quay in Sydney.

Mr Macdonald is being prosecuted for two alleged offences of misconduct in public office over the awarding of a mining licence.

In June, Mr Obeid was found to have acted corruptly by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), which said he “misused his position as an MP” to lobby ministers and a senior public servant over the retail leases.

The commission heard Mr Obeid had a secret stake in cafes and restaurants in the area through his brother-in-law, and he failed to disclose the stake when he lobbied other Labor ministers not to put the leases to a competitive tender when they expired in 2005.

“A court attendance notice was served on Mr Obeid this afternoon, following advice received from the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions,” ICAC said in a statement.

The court notice alleged Mr Obeid induced Stephen Dunn, a senior manager with the Maritime Authority of NSW, to “deal favourably” with Circular Quay Restaurants’ tenancies.

Mr Obeid fronted the media assembled outside his Hunters Hill home and said he would plead not guilty to the charges laid against him. Fraud from day 1, and the were ALL scared of him if you did not go past EO you got nothing back in the day in NSW parliment. Barely made a speech ever it at all, but was a POWER BROKER…WTF with the gutless party tribe (robbo)

“Those inquiries are nothing but sham inquiries that wanted to make ICAC look good,” he said.

He maintained his innocence and said he welcomed the prosecution.

“I have no concern whatsoever that in a court of law we’ll be able to fight the evidence, and I’m very confident,” Eddie Obeid said.

“I’m looking forward to telling the evidence we have. I’m innocent in every instance.”

ICAC’s Operation Acacia investigated Mr Macdonald’s decision to award the Doyles Creek mining licence in 2008, when he was resources minister.

The commission heard the then-Labor minister “gifted” the licence, in the Hunter Valley, to then-chairman of Doyles Creek Mining John Maitland without a competitive tender and against departmental advice.

The corruption watchdog recommended both Mr Macdonald and Mr Maitland be charged.

ICAC said a court attendance notice had been served on Mr Macdonald earlier today, after the DPP provided advice that Mr Macdonald should be prosecuted for two offences of misconduct in public office.

Mr Maitland was being prosecuted for being an accessory to misconduct in public office, ICAC said.

The action follows widespread criticism of a lack of prosecutions resulting from the commission’s corruption findings.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said it was “about time” Mr Macdonald was prosecuted.

“Ultimately, what you need to see is prosecutions,” he said.

“Those prosecutions coming forward is going to give great confidence to the community.

“That is exactly what they want to see – if someone does the wrong thing and if they abuse public office, if they act in their own interest, if they undertake corrupt activity, well, there are consequences and they need to face them.”

The notice alleged Mr Macdonald “did in the course of and connected to his public office wilfully misconduct himself by granting Doyles Creek Mining Pty Ltd consent to apply for an exploration licence under the Mining Act 1992, without reasonable cause or justification”.

He was also involved in misconduct “by granting to Doyles Creek Mining Pty Ltd Exploration Licence No. 7270 under the Mining Act 1992, without reasonable justification”, the court notice alleged.

A court attendance notice was also served on Mr Maitland for two counts of being an accessory before the fact to misconduct in public office “in relation to aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring the commission of the two offences by Mr Macdonald”.

Mr Macdonald has previously described the ICAC findings as “false” and “based on guess work and conjecture”.

Mr Maitland has also rejected the findings.

The matters are listed for mention at the Downing Centre Local Court on December 18.


 

Thu 20 Nov 2014, 12:34pm

Former New South Wales government minister Ian Macdonald has been ordered to appear in court after prosecutors decided to act on a corruption inquiry’s findings.

Mr Macdonald is being prosecuted for two alleged offences of misconduct in public office, after an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) inquiry relating to the awarding of a mining licence.

ICAC’s Operation Acacia investigated Mr Macdonald’s decision to award the Doyles Creek mining licence in 2008, when he was resources minister.

The commission heard the then-Labor minister “gifted” the licence, in the Hunter Valley, to then-chairman of Doyles Creek Mining John Maitland without a competitive tender and against departmental advice.

The corruption watchdog recommended both Mr Macdonald and Mr Maitland be charged.

ICAC said a court attendance notice had been served on Mr Macdonald earlier today, after the DPP provided advice that Mr Macdonald should be prosecuted for two offences of misconduct in public office.

Mr Maitland was being prosecuted for being an accessory to misconduct in public office, ICAC said.

NSW Premier Mike Baird said it was “about time” Mr Macdonald was prosecuted.

“Ultimately, what you need to see is prosecutions,” he said.

“Those prosecutions coming forward is going to give great confidence to the community.

“That is exactly what they want to see – if someone does the wrong thing and if they abuse public office, if they act in their own interest, if they undertake corrupt activity, well, there are consequences and they need to face them.”

The notice alleged Mr Macdonald “did in the course of and connected to his public office wilfully misconduct himself by granting Doyles Creek Mining Pty Ltd consent to apply for an exploration licence under the Mining Act 1992, without reasonable cause or justification”.

He was also involved in misconduct “by granting to Doyles Creek Mining Pty Ltd Exploration Licence No. 7270 under the Mining Act 1992, without reasonable justification”, the court notice alleged.

A court attendance notice was also served on Mr Maitland for two counts of being an accessory before the fact to misconduct in public office “in relation to aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring the commission of the two offences by Mr Macdonald”.

Mr Maitland is also being prosecuted for giving false evidence at ICAC.

The matters are listed for mention at the Downing Centre Local Court on December 18.

More on this story:

ICAC recommends cancellation of coal licences

ICAC finds Macdonald corrupt over Doyles Creek mine

Official advised against coal licence: ICAC

Coal licence a ‘goldmine’ for union boss: ICAC

 


  • Former Labor minister Ian Macdonald facing prosecution over Doyles Creek mine deal

    Date
    November 20, 2014 – 11:30AM

    Sydney Morning Herald State Political Editor

     Ian Macdonald facing prosecution over mining deal

    http://media.smh.com.au/news/nsw-news/ian-macdonald-facing-prosecution-over-mining-deal-6007934.html

    Former NSW Labor minister Ian Macdonald is the first person to be prosecuted after an ICAC inquiry into the Doyles Creek mine deal

    Former Labor minister Ian Macdonald is being prosecuted for misconduct in public office following a corruption inquiry into the issuing of lucrative mining licences at Doyles Creek in the Hunter Valley.

    In a statement, the Independent Commission Against Corruption announced a court attendance notice was served on Mr Macdonald on Thursday on the advice of the NSW director of public prosecutions.

    Last year the ICAC found Mr Macdonald acted corruptly as a minister in 2008 by granting a licence at Doyles Creek to a company then headed by former union official John Maitland.

    Former Labor Minister Ian Macdonald exits the ICAC hearing in February 2013.Former Labor Minister Ian Macdonald exits the ICAC hearing in February 2013. Photo: Nic Walker

    The company, Doyles Creek Mining, was later taken over by NuCoal Resources. Mr Maitland made millions of dollars from the deal.

    The ICAC found Mr Macdonald awarded the exploration licence – without tender and against departmental advice – to his “mate” Mr Maitland, a former national secretary of the Construction, Mining, Forestry and Energy Union.

    The court notice says that Mr Macdonald “did in the course of, and connected to his public office, wilfully misconduct himself” by granting Doyles Creek Mining consent to apply for exploration licences “without reasonable cause or justification”.

    The ICAC has also announced Mr Maitland is being prosecuted “for two counts of being an accessory before the fact to misconduct in public office, in relation to aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring the commission of the two offences by Mr Macdonald”.

    He is also being prosecuted for giving false and misleading evidence to the ICAC.

    The announcement represents the first time prosecutions have been launched against key players in a series of major corruption inquiries into the handling of coal licences held by the ICAC involving Mr Macdonald and former Labor minister Eddie Obeid.

    The ICAC has also indicated more prosecutions could flow from its inquiry into Doyles Creek, codenamed Operation Acacia.

    The businessmen who bankrolled Doyles Creek Mining, Craig Ransley and Andrew Poole, were also found to have acted corruptly by the ICAC last year.

    The ICAC found Mr Ransley, Mr Maitland and Mr Poole deliberately set out to ensure they did not face a public tender for the licence and made false statements to the government to obtain the exploration approval.

    “The Commission is awaiting advice from the DPP in relation to further briefs it has provided with respect to Operation Acacia,” the statement said on Thursday.

    The Doyles Creek licence has been “torn up” by the NSW government on the advice of the ICAC, prompting legal action by NuCoal which has flagged it is seeking compensation of “at least” $500 million.

Brothers 4 Life- Four gang members charged with Mahmoud Hamzy’s murder

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Brothers 4 life: Four gang members to be charged with Mahmoud Hamzy’s shooting murder

Mon 27 Oct 2014, 11:03am

Three men and a woman from the Brothers 4 Life gang will be charged with murder, New South Wales police say.

Fellow gang member Mahmoud Hamzy was shot dead at a Revesby Heights home about 12:30am on October 29 last year.

Mahmoud Hamzy (left), a member of the Brothers 4 Life gang, was shot dead in 2013.

Mahmoud Hamzy (left), a member of the Brothers 4 Life gang, was shot dead in 2013.

A 32-year-old woman was arrested at her Dulwich Hill home in Sydney’s inner west early this morning.

She is in the process of being charged with murder and other offences relating to Hamzy’s shooting and another man who survived.

Three men, aged 22, 29 and 32, will also be charged with Hamzy’s murder when they each appear in Burwood Local Court today.

New South Wales Police Homicide Commander Mick Willing said all four are known gang members.

“The woman and those others that are charged comprise a core group of Brothers for Life associates and members,” he said.

Two to be charged over Joe Antoun shooting

The 32-year-old and 29-year-old men will also be charged with the shooting murder of convicted standover man Joe Antoun at his Strathfield home last December.

To date, Commander Willing said, four people had been charged in relation to the killing of Hamzy and four had been charged in relation to the killing of Antoun.

“Rest assured, more charges will be laid in the future as we intend to hunt down and bring to justice anyone who was involved in these ruthless crimes,” he said.


Four charged with murders of Mahmoud Hamzy and Joe Antoun

Police visit the Sydney address where they arrested the woman, 32, this morning. Picture:

Police visit the Sydney address where they arrested the woman, 32, this morning. Picture: Police Media

A WOMAN and three men associated with the Brothers for Life gang will today be charged with the 2013 shooting murders of Mahmoud Hamzy and Joe Antoun.

The woman — a 32-year-old from Dulwich Hill — was arrested at her home around 6am.

Detectives escort the woman into the police station after her arrest. Picture: Police Med

Detectives escort the woman into the police station after her arrest. Picture: Police Media

She is in the process of being charged with murder and other offences relating to the shooting death of Hamzy at Bardo Circuit, Revesby Heights, on October 29 last year.

She will be refused bail and is expected to appear in Burwood Local Court today.

Bardo Circuit, Revesby Heights: The scene of Mahmoud Hamzy’s execution. Picture: Bill Hea

Bardo Circuit, Revesby Heights: The scene of Mahmoud Hamzy’s execution. Picture: Bill Hearne

Three other men — a 32-year-old, a 29-year-old and a 22-year-old — will also be charged with murder and other offences relating to the Revesby Heights shooting when they appear in Burwood Local Court on other matters later today.

Jersey Rd, Strathfield: The scene of Joe Antoun’s execution.

Jersey Rd, Strathfield: The scene of Joe Antoun’s execution.

The 32-year-old man and the 29-year-old man will also be charged with an additional count of murder for the roles they allegedly played in the fatal shooting of Joe Antoun at his home on Jersey Road, Strathfield, on December 16.

Botched gangland execution: Hamzy’s downfall

The arrests follow police ramping up their investigation into Hamzy’s death earlier this year.

In February, CCTV of three gunmen was released. They were filmed walking up to a suburban garage as they are about to execute Brothers for Life associate Hamzy.

A gun-flash can be seen as the three, each armed, unleashed a volley of bullets into Hamzy, who was inside the Revesby Heights home on October 29 last year.

Three people move up Bardo Circuit to the house they are targeting. Picture: NSW Police M

Three people move up Bardo Circuit to the house they are targeting. Picture: NSW Police Media

The actual target of the attack was Mahmoud’s cousin Mohammed, the leader of the Bankstown chapter of Brothers for Life. Mohammed fled the garage after the attack, leaving his cousin dying.

Police used the CCTV footage gathered from nearby residencies and information from the public to piece together a time line leading up to and after the murder.

The Nissan Tida police believe to be the getaway vehicle. Picture: NSW Police Media

The Nissan Tida police believe to be the getaway vehicle. Picture: NSW Police Media

One of the gunmen is believed to have been dropped off at Hurstville railway station not long after the murder.

“We believe the man at the railway station is one of the three seen getting out of a vehicle and walking to the residence where the victim was shot,’’ said Detective Superintendent Mick Willing.

“We are confident the person in this CCTV footage is also seen at the murder about 30 minutes before.’’

Police scour the scene in Bardo Circuit for evidence in the Hamzy execution.

Police scour the scene in Bardo Circuit for evidence in the Hamzy execution.

Just after the shooting a white Nissan Tida is seen to pull up in Bardo Circuit before the killers get in and leave the scene.

Police believe a burnt out Nissan Tida found in Jamison Park at Penrith two hours later was used to transport the shooters to the Revesby Heights shooting.

Who got Joe? Killers line up…

Police were forced to launch another investigation several weeks later when construction industry identity Antoun was gunned down at his front door as one of his six-year-old twin daughters clung to his leg.

Sydney career criminal Joe Antoun, aged 50, pictured here with his partner Teagan Mullens

Sydney career criminal Joe Antoun, aged 50, pictured here with his partner Teagan Mullens before his death. Picture: Supplied

Antoun, 50, was executed when he opened the door about 9.45pm and was shot four or five times in the head and chest.

His partner Teagan Mullens tried desperately to revive him before police and paramedics arrived

The father-of-two had been in and out of jail over the past three decades.

Joe Antoun’s twin daughters Lilly and Layla were at home when he was shot dead at his front door.

In 2001 he and his brother Antoine were charged with attempting to extort a Darling Harbour cafe owner before the conviction was quashed in 2006.

At the time police and crooks said a lot of people had reason to kill the known standover man.

Joe Antoun, pictured here with his family, was shot at least four times in the head and c

Joe Antoun, pictured here with his family, was shot at least four times in the head and chest.

Navid Khalili, 25, and Kasim Ali Khan, 24 — allegedly members of the street gang Brothers For Life — have already been charged over the Antoun hit.

The latest charges bring the people involved now to four.

Homicide Squad Commander Michael Willing has commended the police involved in the two mur

Homicide Squad Commander Michael Willing has commended the police involved in the two murder investigations.

Det-Supt Willing said today’s charges stemmed from outstanding police work.

“Their investigative nous and unyielding commitment has resulted in numerous people being charged with murder and other major criminal offences,” he said.

“To date, four people have been charged in relation to the murder of Mahmoud Hamzy and four have been charged in relation to the murder of Joe Antoun.

“Rest assured, more charges will be laid in the future as we intend to hunt down and bring to justice anyone who was involved in these ruthless crimes.”


‘Top Brothers 4 Life member’ Amanda Crowe stays under virtual house arrest over alleged hit bid

October 9, 2014

Court Reporter

Brothers 4 Life founder: Bassam Hamzy.
Brothers 4 Life founder: Bassam Hamzy. Photo: Supplied

A Sydney woman, charged with masterminding and orchestrating the attempted murder of three men during the Brothers 4 Life internal war last year, will remain under virtual house arrest after failing to have her bail conditions relaxed.

Amanda Crowe, 32, has been described by police in court documents as an unlikely right-hand woman to the violent gang‘s Blacktown chapter leader, Farhad Qaumi.

Qaumi, who was appointed “general” by gang founder and Supermax inmate Bassam Hamzy in 2012, is in custody on a string of firearms, drugs and gang-related charges.

Ms Crowe is accused of ordering Mobin Mirzaei, Mohammed Kalal and a third man who cannot be named for legal reasons to shoot Abdul Abu-Mahmoud on November 7 last year.

Mr Abu-Mahmoud was apparently targeted because his perceived links to a real estate agency meant he could find out where Qaumi lived.

On Thursday, Ms Crowe’s barrister Greg James, QC, said his client was caring for her elderly, infirm mother and needed some respite from being with her in their house around the clock.

He asked Supreme Court Justice Michael Adams to vary her bail conditions to allow her to leave the property during daylight hours as she was “under virtual house arrest”.

Justice Adams refused, saying Ms Crowe was accused of being either a leader of, or affiliated with, a “frightening criminal gang” .

Mr James said the case against Ms Crowe turned on a rollover witness who was in protective custody and “she is on the periphery” of the gang’s alleged activities.

Justice Adams said he was not in a position to assess the strength of the Crown case because a number of people had become Crown witnesses and would give evidence at trial about the gang and how it operated.

However, telephone intercepts showed Ms Crowe had “at the very least a sense of loyalty and submission to one or more members of the group”, Justice Adams said.

“The extent to which she is a leader is uncertain but, as a woman, it’s probably not great.”

He said that, given the seriousness of the charges – including three counts of causing wounding to a person with intent to murder, and the “character” of her co-accused gang members – the risk to the community was too great should her bail conditions be relaxed.

During an earlier court hearing, police alleged that, just after midnight on November 7, Mirzaei, Kalal and a third man stormed Mr Abu-Mahmoud’s car outside the Chokolatta Cafe in Bankstown with machine guns, firing through its windows so ferociously they destroyed a headrest.

Miraculously, the three men inside – Mr Abu-Mahmoud, Khalil Khalil and Hassan Soueid – survived.

Ms Crowe will appear in Burwood Local Court later this month.


Police unravel underworld shooting spree

Date

October 24, 2014

Drug cook Roy Yaghi, right, and his friend Jamie Grover.Drug cook Roy Yaghi, right, and his friend Jamie Grover. Photo: ABC Images

It began with a spray of bullets fired into a ute parked outside a home in the city’s south-west one night in August 2012, and what followed was three bloody months in Sydney.

There were five men dead by December and others lucky to be alive following a series of brazen shootings that were carried out at any time of day in car parks, outside family homes and even one as guests left a wedding.

But two years on, and following one of the largest police investigations carried out in recent years, homicide detectives are one by one closing in on those responsible.

Bachir Arja.Bachir Arja. Photo: ABC Images

Detectives involved in the major operation, known as Strike Force Earp, believe all five murders and a series of other shootings were carried out by the one criminal group based in the city’s west.

A key member of that group, a 28-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested and charged with murder when homicide detectives visited him at Silverwater jail on Friday.

It followed the dramatic arrest of another member, a 27-year-old, as he walked out of a Sydney courtroom on unrelated drugs charges on Tuesday.

Shooting victim Ali Eid.Shooting victim Ali Eid. Photo: ABC Images

Both men have been charged with the murder of father-of-four Ali Eid, who was shot dead in a brazen daylight execution at Punchbowl in November 2012. Mr Eid was doing tiling work on the half-finished property he was building for his young family in Lumeah Avenue.

The men have also been charged with attempted murder relating to an electrician who also was working on the home. Mohammed Hanouf was shot but survived the attack.

Head of the homicide squad Detective Superintendent Mick Willing said the investigation, which has involved thousands of hours of reviewing security footage and interviewing unco-operative witnesses, was “far from over”.

Victim: Commanchero bikie member Faalau Pisu.Victim: Commanchero bikie member Faalau Pisu.

“We believe the same criminal group is responsible for all five shooting incidents and we plan to make more arrests and lay more charges in the near future,” Mr Willing said.

Those other incidents include

  • the fatal shooting of known drug cook Roy Yaghi, 32, and Jamie Grover, 26, as they sat in a ute at Wentworthville on August 30, 2012;
  • the fatal shooting of Commanchero bikie member Faalau Pisu 23, and the wounding of two others as they left the wedding of another gang member at the Serbian National Defence Council at Canley Vale on November 5, 2012; and
  • the fatal shooting of Mr Eid’s relative, Bachir Ajra, 28, outside his family home in Punchbowl on December 18, 2012.

The members of this crime group have spent the best part of their adult lives in and out of jail, convicted of offences such as manslaughter, large-scale drug deals and armed robberies. Senior police have described them as more deadly and daring than the infamous Sydney crime group Brothers 4 Life.

While police believe the same group is behind all five murders, they do not believe the incidents are directly linked. The court was told on Tuesday that Mr Eid was killed over a drug debt.

It is understood that Mr Pisu was randomly hit when a gunman opened fire on a party leaving the wedding after someone was bad-mouthed during the celebrations.

Mr Yaghi, who had links to bikie gangs, was allegedly shot over a long-running dispute but his associate sitting in the car with him that night, Mr Grover, was collateral damage.

“This is a complex and challenging investigation but the detectives working on Strike Force Earp are some of the most tenacious police officers you will find,” Mr Willing said.

“I have every confidence in the work they are doing and know that they will bring more people to justice in the months ahead.”

The 28-year-old arrested on Friday will appear in Burwood Local Court on Monday.

His co-accused returns to court next month


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WHISTLEBLOWER filmed himself handing over a $20,000 bribe


Alleged $20,000 bribe to V/Line officials caught on tape by whistleblower

Andrew Rule

Herald Sun

November 12, 2014 10:00PM

A WHISTLEBLOWER who filmed himself handing over a $20,000 bribe has accused authorities of covering up a ring of corrupt officials under investigation for rorting huge sums of public money.

The northern suburbs contractor recorded the handover of bundles of $100 notes to be shared among a cell of crooked senior V/Line officials.

He gave the money to a middleman — noting the cash withdrawal on his bank statement as “Corruption Money for V/Line”.

MORE: Honest contractor falls victim to alleged bribery ring

The contractor set up the “sting” after corrupt officials forced him into a position where he either had to bribe them or go broke because ­­V/Line was refusing to pay him what he was owed for work done at Bendigo railway station.

But he says that since reporting the corruption to transport chiefs and police last year, authorities have sat on their hands.

The footage shows bundles of cash changing hands.

The footage shows bundles of cash changing hands.

The whistleblower fears for his safety.

The whistleblower fears for his safety.

One transport executive aware of the case yesterday called for a probe by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, saying he believed there may have been a cover-up ahead of the election.

A government spokesman last night confirmed Transport Minister Terry Mulder was briefed that police were investigating the case after a V/Line project manager was dismissed.

“Illegal and corrupt activity, whether it be unions on a building site or on the public transport network, will be pursued and prosecuted with the full force of the law,” the spokesman said.

The Herald Sun has agreed not to identify the whistleblower because of fears for his safety.

He has been warned that “Mafia” figures have been connected with ­organised corruption of public transport officials over many years.

“You can’t mention [name deleted] alongside my name because they’ll shoot me,” he told the Herald Sun this week.

A scandal involving alleged corruption has rocked V/Line.

A scandal involving alleged corruption has rocked V/Line.

The man he was referring to is a wealthy businessman with a long history of using “inside men” to win multiple V/Line tenders and then paying off the bent officials with large cash “slings”.

The whistleblower has been told “off the record” that V/Line’s internal investigators have been aware of entrenched corruption since at least 2007, but nothing effective has been done.

He believes he was deliberately chosen by the middleman, who introduced him to the senior V/Line engineer in late 2011 or early 2012. The contractor then picked up a string of V/Line maintenance jobs.

But it all changed after his new “friends” suggested he tender for a big job at Bendigo station early last year.

He later suspected he was misled over the scale of the job so he would be forced to ask for large variations, almost doubling his original $164,000 estimate.

A four-week job became a 13-week job; he faced bankruptcy if $120,000 more was not approved. Corrupt V/Line officials made it clear he wouldn’t be paid without a secret commission.

The engineer warned him not to discuss money on the phone, saying that if they “get recorded and get leaked somehow, you know it’s going to put me in deep shit’’.

Officials referred to more than one person at V/Line HQ demanding some of the bribe. The contractor believes at least one “pay office” staffer and another engineer were involved, in return for approving variations. The engineer was sacked in October last year.

The Herald Sun believes other employees have resigned to avoid being sacked.

andrew.rule@news.com.au

Outrage forces backflip over jailed hit-and-run driver’s job as prison delivery driver


Here is another great example of the pathetic system…Guilty in relation to the death of a person in a hit and run and dumping his body and perverting the course of justice in 2013!!! driving around unsupervised outside jail in 2014…WTF is going on.

Tue 18 Nov 2014, 9:29pm

Nicholas 'Shonky' Cassidy

While serving out his sentence, Cassidy has been doing a driving job transporting food.

Related Story: ‘Shonky’ jailed for hit and run death cover-up

Public outrage has forced the Northern Territory Government to remove a former Hells Angels bikie, who was involved in the hit-and-run death of a man, from his prison job as an unsupervised food services delivery driver.

Nicholas Frank ‘Shonky’ Cassidy, 51, was found guilty in 2013 of perverting the course of justice in relation to the death of 25-year-old Levi Griffiths.

The court found Cassidy, a former Hells Angels member, hit Mr Griffiths with his ute before dumping his body on the side of a road at Coolalinga in Darwin’s rural area in June 2011.

Justice Peter Barr said Cassidy’s attempts to cover-up the accident misled police, and prolonged the grief and suffering of Mr Griffith’s parents.

While serving out his sentence, Cassidy had been doing a driving job transporting food between Darwin’s new prison precinct at Holtze and the old jail at Berrimah.

The revelation sparked outrage from Mr Griffith’s parents.

“It’s wrong, it’s shameful and disgraceful,” Kathy Griffiths told Nine News.

Mr Griffith’s father Ron Laycock said he could not understand how Cassidy was allowed in the role.

“How does a convicted drink-driver involved in the hit-and-run death of somebody get a licence and drive around in a government truck?” he asked.

NT Corrections Commissioner Ken Middlebrook yesterday stood by the decision to allow Cassidy behind the wheel.

But in a statement released late today, Mr Middlebrook said he had reviewed the situation due to public concern and had removed Cassidy from the driver’s position.

“While I have every confidence that my staff have adhered to all requirements for the security classification and the suitability of the prisoner to work unsupervised outside the prison, there has clearly been a level of concern, not the least from the parents of Levi Griffiths, about this particular case and we have responded,” he said.

 

What a crock of shit, the department had no idea what was going on and had been conned by another crim

“NT Correctional Services is committed to making the Territory a safer place for all Territorians and to further expanding our successful prisoner work programs.

“We are already fitting low-security prisoners in Territory work camps with electronic monitoring devices and it is our intention to extend that to prisoners working unsupervised on outside employment in addition to GPS units on all prison vehicles.”

Cassidy was originally charged with hit-and-run driving causing death.

That charge was dropped because the Northern Territory Court of Criminal Appeal ruled last month that a driver cannot give assistance to someone who is already dead.

In Cassidy’s case, Justice Barr determined that Levi Griffiths was killed on impact.

In sentencing Cassidy at the end of the 12-week trial, the judge said: “I am making it clear that I am sentencing you for the cover-up of the death of Levi Griffiths.”


 

‘Shonky’ jailed for hit and run death cover-up

 1 Nov 2013, 4:31pmFri 1 Nov 2013, 4:31pm

After one of the Northern Territory’s longest-running court cases, a former Hell’s Angels bikie has been sentenced to two years in jail for covering up the death of a man he hit while driving his ute.

A jury last week found Nicholas Frank Cassidy, 50, guilty of perverting the course of justice in relation to the death of 25-year-old Levi Griffiths.

It found Cassidy, a former Hells Angels member nicknamed ‘Shonky’, hit Mr Griffiths with his ute before dumping his body on the side of a road at Coolalinga in Darwin’s rural area in June 2011.

In the Northern Territory Supreme Court today, Justice Peter Barr said Cassidy’s attempts to cover-up the accident misled police and prolonged the grief and suffering of Mr Griffith’s parents.

Cassidy’s two-year sentence includes a non-parole period of 14 months.

When that sentence ends, he will have to serve another 15 months because he committed the offence while on parole.

The family of Levi Griffiths expressed disappointment about the sentence handed out to Cassidy.

His father, Ron Laycock, says the two-year sentence did not meet community expectations.

“I think the judge has let us down in the end,” he said.

“That is an offence at the top end of the range of seriousness.

“I think the judge and the justice system may have let us down.”

Cassidy had faced a maximum sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment for the offence of perverting the course of justice.

He was originally charged with hit and run driving causing death.

That charge was dropped because the Northern Territory Court of Criminal Appeal ruled last month that a driver can’t give assistance to someone who is already dead.

In Cassidy’s case, Justice Barr determined that Levi Griffiths was killed on impact.

In sentencing Cassidy at the end of the 12-week trial, the judge said: “I am making it clear that I am sentencing you for the cover-up of the death of Levi Griffiths.”


 

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