Brothers 4 life: Four gang members to be charged with Mahmoud Hamzy’s shooting murder
Three men and a woman from the Brothers 4 Life gang will be charged with murder, New South Wales police say.
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
The Daily Telegraph
October 27, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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”.
“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