Sam Ibrahim ‘no clean­skin’

Judge slams gang boss’s de­fence

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - EMMA PAR­TRIDGE

A JUDGE has slapped down a de­fence bar­ris­ter as he tried to min­imise his client’s role in a gun syn­di­cate.

Peter Lange was try­ing to down­play for­mer bikie boss Has­san “Sam” Ibrahim’s place in the gun racket, call­ing him an “en­thu­si­as­tic mid­dle man”.

The ar­gu­ment proved too much for NSW Dis­trict Court judge An­thony Black­more.

“I’m not go­ing to sit here and let you tell me he’s some sort in­no­cent clean­skin,” Judge Black­more said. “He was a mem­ber of an out­law mo­tor­cy­cle gang; there is no doubt he has seen weapons in the past.”

Ibrahim, 51, has pleaded guilty to one count of con­spir­ing to sup­ply firearms in the syn­di­cate with for­mer Rose Tat­too drum­mer Paul De­Marco, his sister Jazz Dior and her part­ner Elvis Mileski. He has been in cus­tody for three years and nine months since his ar­rest in 2014 and ap­peared in court on Thurs­day for his sen­tenc­ing hear­ing.

Mr Lange ar­gued Ibrahim, the older brother of Kings Cross iden­tity John, was a mid­dle man and not at the syn­di­cate’s helm.

“It was a role ad­mit­tedly he played ac­tively, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally but none­the­less … I sug­gest his role is only that of a mid­dle man,” Mr Lange said.

Crown pros­e­cu­tor Sarah Tal­bert ar­gued Ibrahim was “en­trenched in this con­spir­acy” and “call­ing the shots”. “Not only did the of­fender stand to ben­e­fit fi­nan­cially from be­ing in­volved in the con­spir­acy, but that it was he who was in ef­fect fi­nanc­ing the ac­qui­si­tions of the firearms,” Ms Tal­bert said.

Ac­cord­ing to an agreed state­ment of facts, in­ter­cepted phone calls and po­lice sur­veil­lance found that Ibrahim (in­set be­low), Mileski and Dior “ac­tively planned and con­ducted” ne­go­ti­a­tions to get guns for De­Marco which were then sold to an un­der­cover of­fi­cer. De­Marco, Ibrahim, Dior and Mileski were ar­rested in April 2014, af­ter raids in Syd­ney and Wol­lon­gong. In­ter­cepted calls showed Ibrahim get­ting frus­trated at a third party for de­lays in re­ceiv­ing guns and re­peat­edly heard say­ing he’d “cave his head in”. In one call Ibrahim told De­Marco he had an in­jured hand be­cause he “slapped” the per­son who’d held them up. “You can’t fix stu­pid­ity,” Ibrahim said. Po­lice sur­veil­lance recorded the group dis­cussing plans to sup­ply five Glock pis­tols. Ibrahim will be sen­tenced on Fe­bru­ary 16.

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