Court told note’s missing star made kidnap accused cross
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 f...ing 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.