Both barrels for Ibrahim girlfriend on gun charges
POLICE have famously never been able to lay a glove on “King of the Cross” John Ibrahim but prosecutors are now looking to land a knockout blow against his girlfriend on her gun possession charges.
Sarah Budge has been ordered to stand trial in the District Court on gun possession charges that carry a maximum penalty of 14 years in jail.
The stakes have dramatically increased for Budge since prosecutors upgraded her charges earlier this year, resulting in her case being taken out of the local court, which hears matters that mostly carry a maximum penalty of two years.
On Wednesday, Budge’s lawyer Greg Goold told the court the 28-year-old model had elected to waive her right to a committal hearing — where the strength of the evidence would be tested — and would go straight to trial in the District Court.
The court also heard that after negotiations between the legal teams, prosecutors agreed to withdraw three of the six charges Budge was facing.
But Budge is still facing three charges, including possessing an unauthorised pistol, possessing a prohibited weapon without a permit and possessing a defaced firearm, which all carry a maximum penalty of 14 years.
John Ibrahim was not with Budge in court. Instead, Budge’s father sat by her side to hear the development.
The charges relate to a loaded 9mm Glock pistol that was found in her eastern suburbs apartment on the day police conducted co-ordinated raids across three continents that also led to the arrest of John’s younger brothers Michael and Fadi.
Michael faces charges of masterminding a drug and tobacco smuggling operation while Fadi is charged with allegedly financing one of the tobacco imports.
John Ibrahim is not facing any charges and Ms Budge is not facing any charges over the smuggling syndicate.
After her arrest, Ms Budge spent a night in jail before being granted bail.
She now has to report to police once a week.
She will appear again in the Sydney District Court on May 25.
Sarah Budge leaves court.