Burning hunt for shooting culprit
ONE of the men believed to have been involved in shooting Ibrahim family bodyguard “Tongan Sam” on the eve of a wedding between two of Sydney’s most notorious families is likely to have sustained significant burns while torching the getaway car.
Police revealed yesterday that the attempt to destroy the evidence may in fact lead them to those responsible.
Officers released CCTV footage of the moments after Semi “Tongan Sam” Ngata was shot in the backyard of King Cross identity John Ibrahim’s mother’s Merrylands home. The 59year-old was shot in the back about 10.45pm on November 17 last year, on the eve of John Ibrahim’s nephew Hassan “Sam” Sayour’s marriage to Aisha, sister of former Auburn councillor Salim Mehajer.
Police now believe five other people were involved in assisting the shooter and fleeing the scene. CCTV shows four vehicles leaving after the shooting. Those vehicles include a white Toyota Hilux, a Toyota Corolla hatchback, a white hatchback with P-plates and a dark blue Subaru WRX which was later found burnt out at Mays Hill.
Criminal Groups Squad commander Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace said strike force investigators are keen to speak with anyone who recognises the vehicles.
“The vision depicts at least six people on Rees St with the vehicles, then one car leaves and the WRX is set on fire, and we later see the Hilux further down the street after the WRX is wellalight,” Supt Wallace said.
She said that one of the offenders may have sustained burns, which could help police identify them.
“Given the size of the initial flame and the position of the person lighting it, we believe they may have sustained burns to the hands and arms, and possibly the face,” Supt Wallace said.
“We are continuing to make inquiries with medical professionals, but also seeking information from members of the community who know someone who suffered unexplained burns at that time.”
Police are urging anyone who knows anything to contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
Bodyguard Semi ‘Tongan Sam’ Ngata was shot; and police photos of a gun that was recovered and the burnt-out car.