SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 07, 2020: Ahmed Jaghbir associate of Salim Mehajer's is charged with the murder of Kemel Barakat, arrives at the Surpreme Court in Sydney Australia, on SEPTEMBER 07 2020. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 07, 2020: Ahmed Jaghbir associate of Salim Mehajer's is charged with the murder of Kemel Barakat, arrives at the Surpreme Court in Sydney Australia, on SEPTEMBER 07 2020. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard

Woman in bed with man during execution

A woman who was in bed with underworld figure Kemel Barakat at the time of his execution-style killing was at a loss to explain to a court why she took pictures of his dead body.

Ahmed Jaghbir is facing a judge-alone trial in the NSW Supreme Court, charged with being an accessory before the fact to the murder of his former associate Mr Barakat in 2017.

Jaghbir has been accused of providing a set of keys to Mr Barakat's killers so they could enter his unit block in Mortlake in Sydney's inner west where he was shot about 2.30am on March 10.

Kemel 'Blackie' Barakat was murdered inside his Mortlake home by unknown gunmen. Source: Instagram
Kemel 'Blackie' Barakat was murdered inside his Mortlake home by unknown gunmen. Source: Instagram

The 31-year-old is accused of having a host of connections to underworld figures as well as to disgraced former councillor Salim Mehajer.

It's been alleged by the prosecution that Jaghbir helped replace a door for Mr Barakat after his house was earlier raided by NSW Police before passing on a copy of the keys to his killers, as well as information on how to enter the building.

However defence barrister Greg James QC attacked the theory during his opening remarks as not making sense and claimed his client did not have a motive to murder his friend.

CCTV showed a group of four men entering the building before making their getaway in a Mercedes wagon that was later found burned out.

It was revealed in court on Monday that the woman who was in bed with Mr Barakat at the time of his murder took a photo of his dead body using social media platform Snapchat.

Fatima Hage admitted that a picture of Mr Barakat's corpse, which was captioned "dead" and saved from Snapchat onto her phone, was discovered on her iPhone.

However she denied she would have sent it to anyone - insisting she used Snapchat for its photo function as well as sending images.

"No, I never sent the image," Ms Hage said.

She also was at a loss to explain why she took a photograph of the dead body.

"I don't remember why … When you're in that position you don't know what you're doing," Ms Hage told the court.

"I think I'm the only one in this room that's been shot at. I don't know what I did and why I did what I did."

She also denied deleting messages from her phone that were sent immediately after Mr Barakat was executed.

She said she recalled being woken up by men in the apartment who may have been yelling "police" but otherwise she had little recollection of the night and repeatedly told Mr James she couldn't remember anything after the murder.

The officer in charge of the investigation told the court that Jaghbir was closely connected to several Sydney underworld figures and crime gangs.

"It was also established that the accused Ahmed Jaghbir was a close associate of the person Salim Mehajer," Detective Sergeant Joseph Maree told the court.

"That evidence included that the accused Ahmed Jaghbir travelled to the United States of America in 2017 with Mehajer."

Mehajer is not accused of having any involvement in Mr Barakat's killing.

A court has heard disgraced former politician Salim Mehajer is allegedly a close associate of a man accused of facilitating the murder of Kemel Barakat. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Joel Carrett
A court has heard disgraced former politician Salim Mehajer is allegedly a close associate of a man accused of facilitating the murder of Kemel Barakat. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Joel Carrett

The court heard that Jaghbir was a close associate of Mr Barakat and Ahmad 'Rock' Ahmad, one of the alleged heads of the Ahmad crime network.

Ahmad was in June sentenced to at least 8 years and 9 months in prison for his role in a crime ring headed by Michael Ibrahim and their attempt to import a commercial quantity of MDMA.

NSW Police suspected Mr Barakat of being 1 of 2 gunmen responsible for the murder of Hamad Assaad, who was shot outside his Georges Hall home in October 2016.

Det Sgt Maree said the murder of Mr Assaad was suspected of being linked to the murder of Ahmad's brother, Walid 'Wally' Ahmad, at Bankstown in April 2016.

The trial before Justice David Davies continues.

Originally published as Woman in bed with man during execution


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