Burn­ing hunt for shoot­ing cul­prit

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion - CHRISTO­PHER HAR­RIS SEE THE CCTV FOOTAGE DAI­LYTELE­GRAPH.COM.AU

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.

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