The estranged wife of the brother of slain crime figure Hamad Assaad has been arrested after she allegedly injured a journalist in a confrontation outside Bankstown court house on Friday.
The woman, 31, allegedly lashed out at Sky News reporter Amy Greenbank, after Tarek Assaad was refused bail on charges of possessing a prohibited weapon, ammunition and drugs.
She has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and will appear in court in December after being granted conditional bail.
Greenbank was among a group of journalists who approached the woman outside the court house and attempted to question her shortly after Mr Assaad was refused bail.
Footage shows the woman saying: “Youse better move out of my way before I charge youse”. Greenbank was filming at the time and told Sky News that her camera was hit “so hard that it flung back in my face and that’s when it cut under my eyebrow”.
The wound left her with blood over her face, but Greenbank later said she was fine.
“It looked worse than it was. I’m fine, but it was a bit of a shock,” she said.
Mr Assaad, 30, had been arrested the previous night when Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad officers raided his home on Sturt Street in Georges Hall. The officers allegedly found a loaded Glock handgun in a television cabinet and almost 30 rounds of ammunition.
Hamad Assadd, 29, was shot dead outside his house on the same street in Georges Hall on October 25, after he emerged as a suspect in the shooting of standover man Wally Ahmad at a Bankstown shopping centre in April.
In court on Friday, Mr Assaad, a wholesale tyre sales manager, denied knowledge and possession of the loaded Glock, his lawyer told the court.
He offered to put up a $115,000 surety and adhere to a night curfew to get bail, but Magistrate Elaine Truscott said she did not believe the father-of-two knew nothing about the gun and ammunition.
Given the ammunition in the car, it appeared Mr Assaad might have been “intending to imminently use it,” she said. Mr Assaad was refused bail and the case was adjourned until January.
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