Where­fore art brow?

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THE eye­brows of Ibrahim fam­ily hanger-on Ryan Wats­ford are back — in more ways than one.

Firstly, we can re­port that Wats­ford’s eye­brows have fi­nally grown back af­ter they were ripped off his head in 2017 on the or­ders of John Ibrahim for steal­ing money from the Kings Cross iden­tity’s younger brother.

Sec­ondly, the rem­nants of Wats­ford’s brows, which are still on the wax strips that ripped them out, have emerged to be­come cru­cial ev­i­dence in the gun pos­ses­sion trial of Ibrahim’s model girl­friend Sarah Budge.

John kept the eye­brows as a tro­phy, and it begs the ques­tion: can he get them back af­ter Budge’s case fin­ishes?

Le­gal ex­perts were di­vided on that point. And it hangs on if Ibrahim ob­tained the eye­brows via a crim­i­nal act.

If the wax­ing was viewed in the same light as col­lect­ing hair clip­pings from a bar­ber’s floor, Ibrahim will have no prob­lems get­ting his wax strips back, one le­gal ex­pert said.

But if they were ob­tained via an il­le­gal act — like an as­sault — then the cops would hang on to them, an­other le­gal ex­pert said.

The wax­ing took place at a Potts Point beauty salon in Au­gust 2017 as an un­der­world pun­ish­ment with an eastern sub­urbs twist for steal­ing $30,000 from Michael Ibrahim.

Wats­ford had the beau­ti­cian draw on car­toon eye­brows af­ter the wax­ing but was ar­rested days later over an undercover drug sting.

Ibrahim kept the eye­brows and the wax strips as a tro­phy but they were seized when po­lice raided his Dover Heights man­sion.

John was not charged with any of­fence and there is no sug­ges­tion he has par­tic­i­pated in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity.

Fol­low­ing his ar­rest, the po­lice who in­ter­viewed Wats­ford over sev­eral hours would have been won­der­ing why Wats­ford was sport­ing ridicu­lous drawn-on eye­brows.

He was also no­ticed by crim­i­nals in jail who did a dou­ble take when they saw him and his drawn-on brows.

On Fri­day, one in­formed source told us that Wats­ford’s brows were now back to their bushy best. But the orig­i­nal eye­brows have now be­come key ev­i­dence in Budge’s case.

The Down­ing Cen­tre Dis­trict Court heard this week that one of the wax strips used on Wats­ford con­tained the same DNA as that found on the trig­ger of the loaded Glock found in Budge’s Dou­ble Bay apart­ment.

The eye­brows in ques­tion and (right) John Ibrahim with Ryan Wats­ford (with eye­brows).

John Ibrahim’s girl­friend Sarah Budge is fac­ing court on a firearms charge.

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