Talal Alameddine: Alleged supplier of gun for Curtis Cheng murder refused bail : November 14 , 2015

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Talal Alameddine: Alleged supplier of gun for Curtis Cheng murder refused bail

November 12, 2015 8:17pm

Talal Alameddine after a previous appearance in court.

A MAN charged with supplying the gun which was used to kill police employee Curtis Cheng has had his application for bail dismissed.

Talal Alameddine, 22, offered $5.5 million in surety from several family homes and even promised to be in home detention but his application was dismissed in Parramatta Local Court by Magistrate Margaret McGlynn today.

Alameddine is accused of sourcing the .38 Smith & Wesson pistol on October 2 and handing it to Raban Alou some time between 1.40pm and 2.55pm, before the shooting outside NSW Police Headquarters at Parramatta.

Farhad Jabar. Picture: Channel 9
Victim Curtis Cheng.

It is alleged Alou then passed the gun to Farhad Jabar in the female section of the Parramatta mosque which is not covered by CCTV cameras.

Jabar then shot Mr Cheng in the back of the head as he left work that afternoon.

Alameddine has been charged with supplying a pistol to a person unauthorised to possess it, acquire a pistol subject to firearm prohibition order and hindering the discovery of evidence — a serious indictable offence.

Ms McGlynn said Alameddine was too much of a safety risk to the community to be released.

“While the accused is young and it is his first time in custody I believe he poses a great threat to the safety of the community,” she said.

The court heard four days after the shooting of Mr Cheng Alameddine was captured on CCTV cameras at his parents’ Merrylands family home allegedly standing over a weapon with a group of men.

He now faces a further charge of possessing a firearm subject to a prohibition order.

The house where Alameddine was allegedly caught on video with the weapon is the same dwelling where he had offered to be put under voluntary home detention which Ms McGlynn said, “causes her great unease”.

More than a dozen supporters were in court for the unsuccessful bail application.

They sat in a group in view of the video screen where Alameddine was appearing via audio visual link.

While McGlynn was giving her reasons for refusing bail the group rotated so Alameddine could see each one of them in turn with supporters waving and blowing kisses to the 22-year-old.

Alameddine did not show any reaction when he was refused bail and spent his 20-minute appearance blowing kisses to his family.

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