Ruthless crime boss Bassam Hamzy sent a notorious gangster to chase disgraced former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mahajer over an alleged debt, a court has heard.
Hamzy is currently behind bars in the most secure prison in New South Wales where he is serving out a 40 year sentence for a string of serious offences, including murder.
The founder of the B4L, the Brothers 4 Life Gang, still holds major influence in the activities of criminal networks on the outside, the court heard, including murder, debt collections, kneecappings, and extortion.
Mahajer, a property developer before his empire collapsed following legal troubles, allegedly owed the crime figure $350,000, the NSW Supreme Court has been told, according to The Saturday Telegraph.
Details of Hamzy’s reach have been exposed in the trial of Abdul Abu-Mahmoud, who is accused of orchestrating the killing of 15-year-old Brayden Dillon who was allegedly shot as revenge for the murder of Hamzy’s nephew.
Evidence was given in the trial by an underworld figure known as Witness F who said he was offered a contract to kill the 15-year-old by Hamzy through an intermediary.
He told the court he rejected the request but was offered other tasks – one of which was to collect debts on behalf of the imprisoned crime kingpin.
He claims one of these debts was the $350,000 allegedly owed by Salim Mahajer.
Mahajer, who gained notoriety after his lavish wedding blocked streets in front of his Sydney residence in the suburb of Lidcomb, was later elected the deputy mayor of Auburn.
He has since had a string of charges thrown at him by police and served a prison sentence for electoral fraud.
Mahajer denied owing any money to the crime boss, calling the allegation ‘patently absurd speculations’.
In the NSW Supreme Court, Abu-Mahmoud has pleaded not guilty to orchestrating the murder of Brayden Dillon.
His killer can be named as Conrad Craig after a non-publication order was lifted on Thursday following his sentencing to at least 30 years for the crime.
Craig broke down the door of the family’s two-storey Glenfield house at the crack of dawn on Good Friday in 2017, threatened the teenager’s mother and stepfather with a gun before bursting into the 15-year-old’s room and shooting him as he slept.
After pleading guilty to murder in June, the 29-year-old was on Friday afternoon sentenced by Supreme Court Justice Ian Harrison to 40 years in prison with a non-parole period of 30 years.
Justice Harrison described the contract killing as ‘particularly heinous,’ exacerbated by the fact the victim was a child, adding that he considered imposing a life sentence.
‘It is nothing less than a most appalling crime,’ Justice Harrison said.
‘The callous and unjustified murder of this innocent boy, with his life ahead of him, by an indifferent stranger, with no grievance of his own, ought to in my opinion attract a sentence of life imprisonment.’
But Justice Harrison gave the man a 20 per cent discount on his sentence because of his guilty plea and the assistance he gave to police.
After being in and out of jail his entire adult life, he was released from Cessnock Prison just 19 days before he shot the teenager.
The man joined the notorious street gang Brothers For Life after being recruited by the group’s leader Bassam Hamzy in 2012.
Abdul Abu-Mahmoud, a high-ranking member of Brothers for Life, gave him a new mobile phone, clothing, and a Bankstown apartment, leading him to feel indebted.
According to a statement of agreed facts, Abu-Mahmoud approached the man about killing the teen, claiming he wanted revenge for the stabbing death of his nephew Adam Abu-Mahmoud in Panania in July, 2016.
Abu-Mahmoud, who has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court, has denied financing and ordering the hit.
The teenager’s brother was charged with the murder of Adam Abu-Mahmoud – but was ultimately found not guilty by a jury last year.
According to the boy’s killer Abu-Mahmoud fed him a series of lies about his nephew’s death – telling him that the teenager was 18, he had instigated the fight and the teen’s brother had taken the rap for the incident.
‘If I knew what I know now, I would never have done it,’ CC told the court last week.
He also expressed his remorse, telling the family that he didn’t expect their forgiveness.