Mustapha Dib walks out of jail-free on appeal


Grinning from ear to ear, the killer given 30 years for shooting dead a police informant’s pregnant wife walks free on appeal… but will he still be smiling when he finds out his girlfriend’s moved on with another man?

  • Man jailed for 30 years for killing wife of another man has been released
  • Mustapha Dib was smiling when he was released on Monday
  • He was found guilty of murdering a woman and wounding her partner
  • The 33-year-old successfully appealed against the sentence
  • His former partner Bethany Wikeepa professed her love when he was jailed
  • However, she has since married another man and welcomed a baby boy 

A man sentenced to at least 30 years in jail for murdering a woman and released after his conviction was quashed on appeal smiled broadly as he walked out of prison on Monday. 

Mustapha Dib successfully fought against the sentence handed to him in July 2012 when he was found guilty of murdering the 20-year-old woman and wounding her partner with intent to murder in a shooting at Punchbowl in Sydney’s south-west in November 2000.

However, his cheer may not last long when he realises that his former girlfriend Bethany Wikeepa – who professed her love for him when he was convicted and jailed – married another man soon after and has since welcomed a baby boy with her husband.

Mustapha Dib (pictured), who was sentenced to at least 30 years for murdering a 20-year-old woman, was smiling when he was released from jail on Monday

Mustapha Dib (pictured), who was sentenced to at least 30 years for murdering a 20-year-old woman, was smiling when he was released from jail on Monday

Mustapha Dib (pictured left) successfully appealed his sentence, handed to him in July 2012 after he was found guilty of murdering a 20-year-old woman, and wounding her partner in a shooting in Sydney in 2000

Mustapha Dib (pictured left) successfully appealed his sentence, handed to him in July 2012 after he was found guilty of murdering a 20-year-old woman, and wounding her partner in a shooting in Sydney in 2000

Dib (pictured in blue) smiling as he walked toward the prison gates on Monday and saw a group of friends and family waiting for him just outside the thick black bars 

Dib (pictured in blue) smiling as he walked toward the prison gates on Monday and saw a group of friends and family waiting for him just outside the thick black bars

Dib (in blue) immediately hugged a male friend as he walked out from behind the prison gates

Dib (in blue) immediately hugged a male friend as he walked out from behind the prison gates

His grin broadened as he wrapped his arms around his friends and family

His grin broadened as he wrapped his arms around his friends and family

He was greeted at the prison gates by friends and family, with Dib immediately hugged by a male friend. His grin broadened as he wrapped his arms around the man.

Dib continued to embrace more friends and family members as he made his way to the prison parking lot, holding a plastic bag filled with items in one hand.

He then jumped into the back of a friend’s bright orange car and drove away.

Dib (pictured center) waited as the black bars were opened and he could see friends and family waiting just outside

Dib (pictured centre) waited as the black bars were opened and he could see friends and family waiting just outside

'The applicant is to be released from jail forthwith,' Justice Clifton Hoeben told the Court of Criminal Appeal after the announcement of the unanimous decision

‘The applicant is to be released from jail forthwith,’ Justice Clifton Hoeben told the Court of Criminal Appeal after the announcement of the unanimous decision

Dib continued to embrace more friends and family members as he made his way to the parking lot

Dib continued to embrace more friends and family members as he made his way to the parking lot

Dib’s release came after an appeal panel ruled that there was room to doubt the identity of the person who shot the man and woman in Punchbowl.

‘My analysis of the evidence has led me to conclude that it was not open for the jury to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the applicant was the person who shot [AB] and the deceased,’ Chief Judge at Common Law, Justice Clifton Hoeben, said in court.

HOW DIB WAS RELEASED EARLY FROM PRISON

Mustapha Dib was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in 2012 for murdering a 20-year-old woman.

The 20-year-old woman and her male partner were shot while sitting in their car on a Sydney street in 2000.

The deceased woman’s partner told police he was shot by Dib and identified him by his nickname ‘Fairy’.

He recanted his story once he had recovered and fled to Syria

The man was later tracked down and extradited back to Australia and testified during Dib’s 2012 trial where he repeatedly told the jury that the gunman was wearing a balaclava.

Acting Justice Graham Barr said he was satisfied Dib had sought to silence the male victim, believing he was a police informer and potential witness against him in the fatal stabbing of Sydney schoolboy Edward Lee in 1998.

On Monday, a three-judge panel ruled unanimously that evidence given by the man during the trial, identifying Dib as the shooter, was unreliable.

The fast speed of the events during the 2000 shooting and the lack of light would have made it difficult for the witness to identify Dib as the shooter, the judges concluded.

Because of the panel’s findings, Dib’s sentence was ‘quashed’ and he was ordered to be immediately released from custody.

‘The evidence has left me with a reasonable doubt on that issue and that is a doubt which the jury should also have had.’

‘The applicant is to be released from jail forthwith,’ Justice Clifton Hoeben told the Court of Criminal Appeal after the announcement of the unanimous decision.

Dib (pictured) walked out of the prison while holding a plastic bag filled with items in one hand

Dib (pictured) walked out of the prison while holding a plastic bag filled with items in one hand

Family and friends looked overjoyed as Dib was released early from prison

Family and friends looked overjoyed as Dib was released early from prison

Dib (pictured) made his way through waves of reporters and into the parking lot 

Dib (pictured) made his way through waves of reporters and into the parking lot

He then got into the back seat of a friend's bright orange ute (pictured) 

He then got into the back seat of a friend’s bright orange ute (pictured)

Dib, who was previously known only as ‘Z’ as he was 17 at the time of the shooting, was accused of firing four shots into the car of the man and woman outside their home.

The pair’s two-year-old child was also in the vehicle at the time, but was not injured.

The woman was hit once in the stomach and again through her upper back, killing her. Her partner, known as AB, was shot in the neck.

In sentencing in 2012, Acting Justice Graham Barr said he was satisfied Dib had sought to silence the male victim, believing he was a police informer in the fatal stabbing of Sydney schoolboy Edward Lee in 1998

In sentencing in 2012, Acting Justice Graham Barr said he was satisfied Dib had sought to silence the male victim, believing he was a police informer in the fatal stabbing of Sydney schoolboy Edward Lee in 1998

Previously known only as 'Z' as he was 17 at the time of the incident - it was alleged Dib had fired four shots into the couple's car after waiting outside their home 

Previously known only as ‘Z’ as he was 17 at the time of the incident – it was alleged Dib had fired four shots into the couple’s car after waiting outside their home

While recovering in hospital, the deceased woman’s partner had initially told police he was shot by the then 29-year-old, identifying him by his nickname ‘Fairy’.

But he later retracted this identification and fled to Syria.

The man was tracked down and extradited back to Australia and testified during Dib’s trial, when he repeatedly told the jury that the gunman was wearing a balaclava.

Bethany Wikeepa, who was Dib's former girlfriend and professed her love for him when he was convicted and jailed in July 2012, married another man soon after and has since welcomed a baby boy

Bethany Wikeepa, who was Dib’s former girlfriend and professed her love for him when he was convicted and jailed in July 2012, married another man soon after and has since welcomed a baby boy

Bethany Wikeepa got engaged to another man - Jason Wikeepa - several months after Dib was jailed

Bethany Wikeepa got engaged to another man – Jason Wikeepa – several months after Dib was jailed

Dib pleaded guilty to 14-year-old Edward Lee's manslaughter and was sentenced to a minimum of five years

Dib pleaded guilty to 14-year-old Edward Lee’s manslaughter and was sentenced to a minimum of five years

At Dib’s 2012 sentencing, Acting Justice Graham Barr said he was satisfied Dib had sought to silence the male victim, believing he was a police informer and potential witness against him in the fatal stabbing of Sydney schoolboy Edward Lee in 1998.

Dib pleaded guilty to the 14-year-old’s manslaughter and was sentenced to a minimum of five years.

Several months after Dib was jailed for the woman’s murder, his now 30-year-old former partner became engaged to New Zealand man Jason Wikeepa.

The couple married in late 2013 and welcomed their son in April this year.

Mrs Wikeepa, a devout Mormon, has two young daughters from before she started dating Dib.

'The evidence has left me with a reasonable doubt on that issue and that is a doubt which the jury should also have had,' Chief Judge at Common Law, Justice Clifton Hoeben, said in court on Momday.

‘The evidence has left me with a reasonable doubt on that issue and that is a doubt which the jury should also have had,’ Chief Judge at Common Law, Justice Clifton Hoeben, said in court on Monday.

Mrs Wikeepa, a devout Mormon, has two young daughters from before she started dating Dib

Mrs Wikeepa, a devout Mormon, has two young daughters from before she started dating Dib

Jason and Bethany Wikeepa married in late 2013 - more than a year after Dib was convicted and jailed

Jason and Bethany Wikeepa married in late 2013 – more than a year after Dib was convicted and jailed


 

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5 thoughts on “Mustapha Dib walks out of jail-free on appeal

  1. Soft justice again this peice of shit got lucky but that wont last. The soft cocks that allowed his release must be smoking crack. He murders a 14 year old boy and gets 5 yrs.Hes middle eastern trash. He will stuff up again wont be long and hell be back.

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    • Unbelievable! 5 years for stabbing a 14yr old..in 1998..then in 2012 goes to trial for killing the informants wife..so 14 years later? ..then is set free, even tho the know the informant is terrified for his life so is lying…..what a bloody joke our justice system is and our judges have got to be on crack. Useless sods most of them. Now he’s free to continue his life of absolute crap and will be so cocky he will kill again. Why did they ever let this scum into our country..2% of the population and 90% of the crim rate…we even have a middle eastern police squad..FOR 2% OF THE POPULATION!!

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  2. The sooner the better no wonder we have our backs up. The people responsible for his release have to be bloody well corrupt and may have been getting kickbacks the system is seriously flawed in so many ways we are stuffed. If that kid was any relation to mine Id make sure he was hunted down he would never see the light of day again.

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