EXCLUSIVE: Crime kingpin’s secret girlfriend re-lives the chilling moment her lover was executed in bed next to her – and how she watched him die as he uttered his final prayers in Arabic
- Hells Angel figure Kemel ‘Blackie’ Barakat was murdered in execution-style hit
- Four assassins burst into his Sydney home as he laid in bed with his secret lover
- Her extraordinary police statement can be revealed following a criminal trial
- In the statement, Fatima Hage describes the horrific execution in vivid terms
- ‘It smelled like fire in the room … At this point I knew I was going to die’
- Ahmed Jaghbir has been found guilty of being an accessory to Barakat’s murder
Vivid statement: Fatima Hage was the secret lover of Kemel ‘Blackie’ Barakat – a Sydney underworld figure who was murdered in a shocking execution-style slaying three years ago
The secret mistress of a Sydney crime figure has shared extraordinary details about his execution-style killing.
Four masked assassins burst into Kemel ‘Blackie’ Barakat’s apartment three years ago, killing the Hells Angel associate in a hail of bullets as he laid in his bed next to his lover, hairdresser Fatima Hage, 25.
Daily Mail Australia has obtained Ms Hage’s police statement about the shooting – as a one-time friend of Barakat’s awaits sentencing in the Supreme Court for being an accessory to his murder.
Ms Hage told the court she and Barakat had been in a covert relationship for about a month at the time of the killing, in March 2017.
Barakat’s wife, Amanda – whose name he had tattooed on his right pectoral – was overseas holidaying in Thailand at the time.
In her statement tendered in court, Ms Hage describes the night of the assassination in simple, vivid terms.
She details how the room smelled ‘like fire’ after the bullets flew, the dying man’s hushed final prayers in Arabic and the blood that trickled from Barakat’s mouth at the end.
Kemel ‘Blackie’ Barakat is pictured above with his wife – who was overseas holidaying in Thailand at the time of his shooting in March 2017
Ms Hage recalled how, the day before the shooting, the couple spent time together and made an aborted plan to go shopping for a new handbag at Louis Vuitton.
They had a late dinner, came home, and watched TV.
About 10.30pm, the unit’s intercom went off and Barakat went downstairs. Ms Fage heard yelling.
When he returned she asked him ‘is everything alright?’ but he flatly replied: ‘Yeah, don’t ask questions’.
The pair both went to bed about midnight and the trouble began about 2.30am.
In her statement, Ms Hage said she couldn’t remember if she heard the word ‘police’ or had just thought it, when intruders entered the room.
She said: ‘I heard Kemel yell out “hey”. I looked around but the room was pitch black. I could not see anything.
‘I felt him push my head really hard. I didn’t fall out of the bed but it moved me away from him.
‘I then heard multiple gun shots. It was really loud, it smelled like fire in the room.’
Ms Hage said she closed her eyes and put her head down. ‘At this point I knew I was going to die.
‘I didn’t hear anyone say anything, I thought I was dead.
‘About a minute went by and I moved from where I put my head down.
‘I checked myself and I wasn’t shot. I then moved over to Kemel.
‘Kemel was coughing and he looked at me.
‘He said: ‘I’m sorry.’
‘I said: ‘Don’t be sorry … Repeat after me’.
‘We then went through an Arabic prayer twice before Kemel stopped breathing.
‘I turned on the light and saw Kemel lying on the bed. I saw he had blood coming out of his mouth.
‘I remember seeing a bullet that looked like it had gone through his leg.’
Ms Hage said she couldn’t remember much else. She was in shock.
‘I didn’t know if whoever shot him was still in the house so I hid in the bathroom and called 000.
‘I asked for ambulance. I can’t remember what I said to them.’
The crime scene in Mortlake on March 10, 2017. Barakat’s unit was on the second floor
Ms Hage told the court earlier this year that Barakat had been ‘anal’ about security.
Meanwhile, their relationship was a secret to everyone.
‘No one knew about our relationship, we didn’t want to tell anyone so our private lives remained private,’ she said in her statement.
Aided by Ms Fage’s evidence, including the above statement, and testimony from an expert locksmith, Justice David Davies found Barakat’s former friend Ahmed Jaghbir guilty of procuring, aiding and counselling unknown persons to murder him last month.
Ms Hage was the only witness in the room at the time of the slaying.
Justice Davies accepted her evidence that neither she or Barakat had let the killers into his unit.
Ms Hage (on right in left picture, and in right photo) is seen after giving evidence at the trial of Ahmed Jaghbir
Jaghbir, right, with his lawyer Mahmoud Abbas at court during his trial
Jaghbir is a one-time business associate of colourful Sydney personality Salim Mehajer. There is no suggestion Mehajer is in any way involved in this case
Jaghbir had been a friend of Barakat’s and had fitted his new security door in place.
At trial, the court heard he’d had the opportunity to duplicate a door key.
The judge found there were three possible motives for Jaghbir to participate in the plot, including retaliation for the killing of a friend of Jaghbir’s that Barakat was suspected of carrying out.
‘In light of all these circumstances, there was no reasonable explanation consistent with the innocence of the accused,’ Justice Davies said.
Jaghbir will be sentenced at a later date.
A source close to his widowed wife, Amanda, told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Nothing she can say or do will bring her husband back.’