Court told note’s miss­ing star made kid­nap ac­cused cross

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - AVA BENNY- MOR­RI­SON

JEF­FREY Parada had just spent the past two days locked in a sub­ur­ban garage where he was beaten black and blue.

He knew his only ticket out was mak­ing good on his em­bel­lished claims that he had mas­tered the art of counter- feit­ing money. But he fell ter­ri­bly short when he fi­nally pro­duced one of his hand­made Aus­tralian notes.

“What is this shit ... there is (sic) four stars you dumb c...,” his cap­tor Ab­dul Has­sain said of the odd-look­ing South­ern Cross in the cor­ner of the note.

The bizarre kid­nap­ping plot, al­legedly at the be­hest of ac­cused drug lord Has­sain, can be re­vealed after one of the main play­ers pleaded guilty this month.

The crim­i­nal group was led by 43-year-old Has­sain, who al­legedly ran a so­phis­ti­cated drug op­er­a­tion in western Syd- ney and New­cas­tle. Has­sain, who has been charged with com­mer­cial drug sup­ply and kid­nap­ping of­fences, brought Parada into the scheme in 2016 after a friend rec­om­mended him for his coun­ter­feit mon­ey­mak­ing skills. Parada had no such skills and re­lied heav­ily on Google for in­struc­tions.

The syn­di­cate wanted to make qual­ity money that could be used to pay drug sup­pli­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments ten­dered in Camp­bell­town Dis­trict Court, Parada was plied with metham­phetamine to in­crease his pro­duc­tiv­ity.

But, after “six or seven weeks”, he ac­cu­mu­lated a $30,000 drug debt and didn’t have much to show for it.

Has­sain and his en­forcer Troy Abaki, 27, turned up at Parada’s War­wick Farm apart­ment on May 12, 2016, and bun­dled him into a BMW.

A gun was pressed into Parada’s stom­ach and a beanie shoved over his head. He was driven to a garage in Bon­nyrigg Heights, where Abaki put on a gold ring and bashed Parada un­til he was left with in­ter­nal bleed­ing. Days later, Parada pro­duced some sam­ple notes but a star in the South­ern Cross was miss­ing.

Has­sain then took him to a ceme­tery and or­dered him to bend down among the graves, be­fore he and Abaki al­legedly as­saulted him. Parada ended up in hospi­tal.

Abaki, who has pleaded guilty to a string of of­fences, in­clud­ing rob­bery and as­sault, is due to be sen­tenced in Au­gust. Has­sain is yet to en­ter a plea.

Troy Abaki (left) who pleaded guilty to as­sault.

One of the coun­ter­feit $50 notes with the miss­ing star.

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