Sam Ibrahim ‘no cleanskin’
Judge slams gang boss’s defence
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.