A POLICE patrol that came across two men allegedly firing shots in a suburban street led to the arrest of a man on parole for his involvement in the shooting murder of a promising South Sydney footballer.
Bilal Ahmad, 28, was arrested, as was Bilal Razzak, also 28, who is known to police for his involvement in a deadly feud with another family over drug crime.
The arrests came about by chance when patrolling Campsie officers saw shots allegedly being fired from a car in Waratah Street, Punchbowl, at 10.25pm on Friday, May 28. Police found a .22-calibre Glock pistol and a spent cartridge in the car, according to facts tendered before Burwood Local Court last week.
But it was not until Mr Ahmad applied for bail that the court learnt of his involvement in the murder of 18-year-old footballer Jai Jago who was shot while walking to his Hurlstone Park home after a late-night Anzac Day celebration in 2003.
Mr Ahmad had changed his name from Kadr Diab after being released in April last year. He had served seven years for Mr Jago's manslaughter. Diab's 17-year-old co-accused pleaded guilty to the killing and was sentenced to 13 years.
Mr Ahmad and Mr Razzak were charged with discharging a firearm in a public place and possessing a pistol without a licence.
Mr Ahmad, of Wiley Park, was refused bail. Mr Razzak, of Bass Hill, who did not seek bail, had his case adjourned.
Mr Razzak made headlines in December 2006 when sentenced to 15 months for contempt of court after refusing to give evidence against a criminal rival, Adnan Darwiche, who kneecapped him in 2001. Darwiche was found guilty of the shooting, and for the murders of Ziad Razzak and Melissa Nemra, killed at a Greenacre home in 2003.
The shooting stemmed from a feud between the Darwiche and Razzak families over the supply of cannabis in south-west Sydney.
In March last year his brother, Abdul Qadier Darwiche, was shot dead.
June 6, 2010