$500k or I will put you in grave


A LAWYER al­legedly told his wife he was a mem­ber of the Assyr­ian Kings crime gang and de­manded she get him $500,000 or both she and an­other man would be killed.

The al­leged vi­o­lent tone of mul­ti­ple mes­sages he sent to his wife and his al­leged mem­ber­ship of the street gang are com­pletely at odds with Leonard Ja­cob’s po­si­tion in so­ci­ety as a Bankstown-based im­mi­gra­tion lawyer who stud­ied at the Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney.

And it has landed him in Fair­field Lo­cal Court charged with as­sault, three counts of stalk­ing and in­tim­i­da­tion and an­other of de­mand­ing prop­erty with men­ace. The court heard he is pre­par­ing to fight the charges.

Ac­cord­ing to a po­lice fact sheet ten­dered to the court, Mr Ja­cob sent a se­ries of fu­ri­ous texts be­tween mid­night and 4am on Oc­to­ber 3 de­mand­ing his wife San­dra get the money.

Ac­cord­ing to the fact sheet, Mr Ja­cob (in­set) al­legedly told his wife “U and him f...ed with the wrong Assyr­ian King” be­fore de­mand­ing she tell a man called “Greg” to pay him.

The rea­son for Mr Ja­cob de­mand­ing such a pay­ment is yet to be re­vealed in court.

When con­tacted, Mr Ja­cob said: “There is no com­ment.”

The de­tails of this strange case emerged last Fri­day when Mr Ja­cob’s lawyer Omar Juweinat asked mag­is­trate Philip Stew­art to amend his bail con­di­tions to al­low some con­tact be­tween the Ja­cobs.

Mrs Ja­cob gave ev­i­dence and told the court she wanted to move back in to the fam­ily home, ex­plain­ing she did not fear for her safety or that of her chil­dren. De­spite op­po­si­tion from the po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, Mag­is­trate Stew­art granted the bail vari­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice doc­u­ments, Mr Ja­cob al­legedly sent a text to his wife at 3.16am on Oc­to­ber 3 and said he was pre­par­ing to kill her and Greg “un­less u tell him to give me $500k and I’ll for­get”.

“Or else he will see a grave,” Mr Ja­cob al­legedly wrote. “And you too.”

He al­legedly re­peated the de­mand two min­utes later, tex­ting: “I am happy to go to hell any time.”

“And I’ll bring the gat (gun) home tonight tos ho wu… I am ready to die,” he al­legedly wrote. “Tell Greg I’m com­ing.”

At 3.34am, Mr Ja­cob al­legedly sent an­other text telling his wife he was a mem­ber of the Assyr­ian Kings crime gang.

The Assyr­ian Kings gained in­famy in 1997 when the gang was held re­spon­si­ble for the mur­der of po­lice of­fi­cer David Carty. The group was thought to have dis­solved.

Mr Ja­cob was also charged with as­sault­ing his wife on two other oc­ca­sions, on Septem­ber 22 and 25. He will re­turn to court on Novem­ber 30.

Tilda Cob­hamHer­vey is a dead ringer for the young He­len Reddy as she filmed I Am Womanin Syd­ney yes­ter­day. Pic­ture:Ju­lian An­drews

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