$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.
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