POLICE SAY GET OFF ROAD WHILE SYDNEY HOON CLANS CELEBRATE
Pardon? Police tell us to make way for lowlife?
From an ABC report on a wedding between members of two notorious Lebanese clans in Sydney, the Ibrahims and Mehajers:
Police have told the media to keep their distance and they say to stay off the roads and to expect burnouts later tonight as part of the celebrations.
I think the police are telling the wrong people to get off the road.
New South Wales Police have described the shooting of the Ibrahim family bodyguard Semi Ngata in a western Sydney backyard as “brazen” and “targeted”.
- Semi Ngata is in a serious but stable condition at Westmead Hospital
- A wedding between an Ibrahim and a Mehajer is to be held today
- NSW Police seized two guns from a second crime scene in nearby Mays Hill
Mr Ngata, 59, was found outside the home of underworld figure John Ibrahim’s mother on Price Street in Merrylands about 10:45pm yesterday,with a gunshot wound to his back.
He is in a serious but stable condition at Westmead Hospital.
A police source told the ABC a wedding between Mr Ibrahim’s nephew Sam and Aisha Mehajer — sister of former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer — is expected to be held at the house later today.
NSW Police Chief Inspector Bradfield Peters said the shooting took place in the backyard of a house on Price Street.
“If that’s exactly what occurred then it is certainly brazen,” he said.
“We believe that it’s certainly not random and that it was targeted.”
Mr Ngata — also known as “Tongan Sam” — has had surgery, and is refusing to cooperate with police.
Bleak start to big day
The names of Sam and Aisha along with today’s date have been drawn on the pavement outside of the main Ibrahim family home, where there are rows of white chairs, shade cloth and a small marquee in the backyard.
It is understood Sam is the son of Maha Ibrahim, who is John Ibrahim’s sister.
The source said “police found material for a wedding” at the crime scene in Price Street at Merrylands last night.
However, Chief Inspector Peters would not speculate if the events were linked.
“We’ve only just found out that there may have been a wedding planned for today,” he said.
“But whether there’s any link to what occurred last night, I can’t speculate.”
As deliveries for the wedding began arriving at the property, tensions were high and at one point, journalists were pushed.
It is understood NSW Police seized two guns from nearby Mays Hill, where a second crime scene had been set up after a car was found burnt out.
“Not long after that shooting, that car was found burnt in Rees Street,” Chief Inspector Peters said.
“If any members of the public have information about either of those two events we’d certainly like them to ring Crime Stoppers.”
Forensic officers spent several hours in the garage and the back of the home on Patricia Street and removed up to 10 bags of evidence.
Chief Inspector Bradfield Peters of Holroyd Local Area Command said the gunman may have come through a side fence into the backyard of the home, where Ngata was socialising with several people.
Mr Peters said extra officers had been deployed to ward off possible reprisal attacks after the “brazen” shooting.
John Ibrahim’s mother, Wahiba, lives in a flashy home on Price Street that her son rebuilt for her after she rejected a home he bought for her in Dover Heights.
Ngata has worked as a bodyguard for nightclub boss John Ibrahim for more than a decade after the pair met in Kings Cross in the 1990s.
He was once arrested in a raid on his home that netted bulk quantities of a methamphetamine precursor.
It’s not clear if the shooting is related to the August arrest of two Ibrahim brothers, Michael and Fadi, who were caught in a dramatic sting in Dubai and charged over the importation of the attempted importation of 1.9 tonnes of MDMA, ice and cocaine.
Michael Ibrahim was allegedly two-timing between rival Sydney drug syndicates helmed by two warring Middle Eastern crime families.
During the massive police operation, John’s house was raided but he was not alleged to be involved. Fadi has since been released on $2 million bail but Michael remains in custody. The only brother not in custody or facing charges at the moment is John.
All four Ibrahim brothers – John, Fadi, Sam and Michael – have been shot or stabbed over the course of their life.
The most recent was a drive-by shooting that hit the youngest, Michael, in the shoulder as he stood on Macquarie Street in the CBD one night in January 2015. He had been released from prison five months earlier after serving time for manslaughter.
In a lengthy interview in 2014, John Ibrahim told the Australian Financial Review he was unimpressed with criminals in Sydney.
“Who really shoots other people’s houses in the middle of the night?” he said.