The father of an innocent hairdresser caught up in a brutal execution in Sydney’s south-west says she was “beautiful” and an “angel” ready to help anyone in need.
Amy Al-Hazzouri, 39, was in the backseat of a four-wheel drive with 48-year-old Lametta Fadlallah in Panania when a shooter sprayed the car with bullets and killed them both on Saturday night.
Al-Hazzouri’s father, Khaled, told 9News his daughter was an angel, friendly and beautiful.
“Beautiful, beautiful,” the grieving father said.
“Anyone who used to be upset, depressed, anything would go to Amy and she would give them the support, the power and energy.
“They would go to Amy, Amy was everything to them, that’s the kind of person she was.”
Khaled said he wished he had died instead of his daughter and just wants her back.
Al-Hazzouri’s brother-in-law, Mounir Sajad, said she was “very loved” and the family is obviously devastated.
“No one can believe what has happened, it is very hard,” he said.
“Her father, he doesn’t believe he has lost his love.”
Fadlallah is the former partner of drug dealer and standover man Helal Safi and former wife of notorious drug dealer Shadi Derbas.
Police believe she was the intended target.
Al-Hazzouri’s family said she was at Fadlallah’s home to blow dry her hair before they went out, working overtime and nights as she often did, to support her father and her family in Lebanon.
“She was a hard worker, a good lady, always looking after her sister and brother and sometimes looked after her father,” Sajad said.
They said they had begged her not to make house calls.
“She worked with this woman, someone gave her advice not to, but she didn’t (listen),” Sajad said.
Homicide detective Danny Doherty called the double murder “unprecedented” and said police are now targeting known underworld families to try and stop what may be an inevitable bloody escalation of gun violence.
Doherty said “some type of retribution” is now the fear.
McCarthy said that in mid-2018 a mother of one of the girls told a staff member “Kyle has touched my daughter between this region” and motioned between her chest and upper legs.
He said the woman said words to the effect, “I just want to put a red flag up to bring it to your attention, I don’t want him to lose his job over this”, and, “I don’t know if it was accidental”.
The girl allegedly told her mother that she “squeezed her legs and bottom together tightly for the rest of the lesson, so he couldn’t do it again”.
McCarthy said at Daniels’ next shift, before the accused was told of the allegation, he was observed by the staff member to be “too hands-on” and his coaching style too close contact.
He said Daniels was told about the parent’s allegation of touching and “appeared shocked and remained quiet”. He allegedly said, “I don’t think I have, if I have, it could have been an accident”.
McCarthy expects the jury will hear evidence a memo was sent to staff about not holding children close to the groin or chest and Daniels returned a signed copy. McCarthy said the complaint was not reported to the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) as the parents left it to the discretion of the swim school and “it’s fair to say, they were not insisting” on a report being made.
In early 2019, two sisters attended their first swimming lessons at the centre.
“Both of their lessons were with the accused,” McCarthy said.
He expects their father to give evidence his eldest appeared to be “reluctant” to thank Daniels, and “that was somewhat unusual because [she was] normally very enthusiastic about her teachers”.
The jury is expected to hear evidence the girl later handed her mother a note that read, “the reason I don’t like my swimming teacher… is that he touched my”, followed by a space. McCarthy said the woman will testify her daughter of her said the teacher touched her private parts of her and pointed to her front of her.
The same month, her younger sister allegedly disclosed that Daniels had “touched her on the vagina” while she was doing backstroke and it “felt like a worm when he did it”.
The girl allegedly told her mother that she “squeezed her legs and bottom together tightly for the rest of the lesson, so he couldn’t do it again”, and later told police “she put her legs together, she did not want it to happen again”.
McCarthy said the matter was reported to the swim center, which notified FACS and police became involved, interviewing the sisters.
Daniels’ arrest in March 2019 was the subject of media publicity and information was received about allegations relating to other children, the prosecutor said.
The jury was told the evidence and cross-examination of the nine girls had been pre-recorded.
The Crown’s address summarizes on Tuesday ahead of Daniels’ barrister Leslie Nicholls opening the defense case. The trial before Judge Kara Shead, expected to run for six to eight weeks, continues.
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Andrew Duggan owns seven homes, but he wants people to know he’s not a bad bloke.
He’s been flipping properties in Queensland from a home office in Sydney for 25 years and seems acutely familiar with the public perception of landlords.
“Landlords are very unpopular people,” Mr Duggan said.
“There’s the perception of the evil landlord, the cinematic slum lord idea.
“And there’s a perception that landlords are sitting on piles of cash and sitting around on our yachts.
“The reality is whilst we have the titles to these properties, they’re very much mortgaged.”
He insisted he was not doing an interview to “cry poor”, but despondently declared “the good times for landlords are over”.
A long-time advocate of buying up real estate, he’s considering selling up and getting out of the property game.
Mr Duggan said the decline of his lucrative portfolio began five years ago when he was locked into an excessive interest rate with a major bank.
But he is also critical of tenancy laws and state-based land taxes.
After years of advocacy from housing organisations, the Victorian, Tasmanian and ACT governments have recently banned landlords from evicting tenants without grounds.
Queensland, where most of Mr Duggan’s properties are located, also banned the practice, except at the end of a fixed-term rental agreement.
“As far as I can see, landlords have next to no rights and tenants have all the rights. It’s kind of swung a long way in that direction and it’s probably swung too far,” he said.
Mr Duggan said the “default” position of civil courts adjudicating disputes between property owners and their renters was that “the property owner will always lose”.
He said he had increased the rent in at least one of his properties over the last year due to the increase in Queensland’s land tax.
“I’m not a charity, that’s for certain. I think we’re very fair with our tenants. We don’t want to profit from our tenants, but we do want to create an equilibrium between our incomings and outgoings so we’ re not going backwards,” he said.
This couple rent their apartment out for 10 per cent less than it’s worth
When Thomas Shafee and Katrina Alcorn bought their own apartment and left the rental market five years ago, the Melbourne-based couple were overwhelmed with relief.
“As tenants [before owning a home] we have been in some situations with great landlords and we’ve been in some situations with terrible landlords,” Mr Shafee said.
“We’ve had uncertain housing in our lives too,” Ms Alcorn added.
With the pair now considering starting a family, they considered their one-bedroom Heidelberg Heights flat too small and have decided to upsize, but said they felt “icky” trying to cash in on the tightening real estate market.
Instead, they’ve offered the property up as an affordable rental and listed it for 10 per cent below what they had been quoted by other agents.
“When there is so much pressure with the prices going up and the supply going down it’s really easy for people to be forced into situations where they are taken advantage of, so it’s nice to be able to do something that avoids some of those ethical pitfalls ,” MrShafee said.
“We didn’t want to do what other people had done to us,” Ms Alcorn said.
“That’s one of the reasons we feel really strongly about this.”
Mr Shafee said he and his partner intended to be “ethical” landlords and employ a hands-off approach to their incoming tenant.
“This is not some investment item that we’re talking about, it’s something that someone is going to live in, so it makes a big difference how [the property] is going to be run,” he said.
Mr Shafee and Ms Alcorn are renting the property through HomeGround Real Estate, an agency that offers affordable rentals and donates the profits it makes from management fees to Launch, a community housing organization.
Problem ‘just going to get worse’
Renters’ advocate and chief executive of the NSW Housing Trust Michele Adair said state laws were still skewed in favor of landlords because property in Australia was seen as a means of wealth creation rather than shelter.
“There are lots of really good private landlords [that] provide affordable rental housing, but the problem that we have is that renters just haven’t been valued,” Ms Adair said.
“One in three people rent a home today and probably nine out of ten rents at some stage, yet we have had decades of government policy which just really disregards the rights of tenants and their safety and security.
“We continue to have this myth and fallacy pushed by private interest groups who, as we have seen, just continue to push the wealth creation and profit motive.”
Ms Adair said the so-called “motive” had led to the current rental crisis.
“There is no end in sight and without urgent action by all levels of government. The problem is just going to get worse for the foreseeable future and I’m afraid that means years and not months.”
US chemicals giant Albemarle has progressed plans for a temporary 500-bed workers’ village on farmland south of Perth, despite opposition from the local shire and farmers.
Albemarle wants to build a 500-bed village for its lithium plant workers
The village would be built on farmland in Binningup, 150 kilometers south of Perth
Local farmers and the shire are opposed to the plan, which will now be advertised for public comment
The company wants to build a 128-villa workers accommodation site in the small seaside town of Binningup, as it awaits a final investment decision on an expansion at its nearby Kemerton lithium refinery, 150 kilometers south of Perth.
The Shire of Harvey last month refused the miner’s application for the camp, saying it was not consistent with the local area’s farming purposes.
But on Monday, Western Australia’s development assessment panel planning body voted against the shire’s refusal.
Instead, the panel voted not to make a decision for or against the proposal and instead put the plan out for public comment.
Smaller than Pilbara mining camps
Albemarle’s refinery was originally set to produce 100,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide each year, but the output projection was halved in 2020 following a drop in lithium prices.
An expansion is now back on the cards, as the price index for lithium hydroxide had increased more than 400 per cent over the past year.
The company produced its first lithium hydroxide last month.
Lawyers for Albemarle told the development panel the proposal was much smaller than mining camps in the north-west of the state.
Claire Willey said any impact from the village on the community and surrounds could be managed.
“It’s smaller than those camps in the north of the state, which can have up to 3,000 workers,” she said.
“We say it can be compatible with surrounding agriculture.”
The panel was told the temporary workers village on Binningup’s main road would be in place for 10 to 15 years, and be hidden from the street.
A large fence would be in place to protect from any spray drift from local farms.
Concern of conflict with agriculture
Harvey Shire president Paul Gillett told the panel the area should be primarily used for farming, urging its members to reject the application.
“We are talking about the quality of life … and the pre-eminence of agriculture,” Mr Gillett said.
Planning consultant Paul Kotsoglo represented farmers on properties next to the site had a similar argument.
He told the panel the site was too close to a nearby market garden, which needed to apply spray to crops, only a few hundred meters from the nearest villa.
“It’s not consistent with the planning scheme.”
The panel voted against a motion from Mr Gillett that it refuse the application outright.
Panel member Karella Hope said while the panel could have made a decision, she felt it needed to be put out for comment.
She said she appreciated the strong community interest.
‘The panel does have the discretion to consider it as a residential building,’ Ms Hope said.
“Este [deferral] shouldn’t be built as support. ”
The proposal is set to be put out for comment for 45 days later this week.
A spokeswoman for Albemarle said the company would continue to work with the shire.
“The best outcome for the community is for us to operate a successful business, with purpose-built amenity for all workers in a temporary accommodation village, with flow on benefits to local business and the economy.”
The planned camp in Binningup comes as the town also considers the purchase of a large parcel of land for development by mining magnate Andrew Forrest.
The Forrest family’s property development company said it plans to “reactivate” the 260-hectare coastal site and re-open the town’s old golf course.
It also comes as WorkSafe probes Albemarle for a series of alleged unsafe work practices.