Gangster mum Lametta Fadlallah suspected to be a snitch
Sydney gangsters had suspicions a mother who was shot dead in a brazen contract killing had leaked information to the police amid claims she was a ‘very big drug dealer’ and died owing people money.
Lametta Fadlallah, 48, was gunned down outside her home in Panania, in the city’s southwest, on Saturday evening while sitting in the back of a Toyota 4WD.
Also in the car was innocent hairdresser Amy Hazouri, 39, who had just finished a shift at her hair salon in Bankstown, believed to have been killed as collateral damage in a hail of gunfire just as they left the home.
The double shooting sent shockwaves through Sydney’s underworld, with investigators probing whether Ms Fadlallah was targeted because of her underworld connections.
However, it has now been revealed she was suspected of leaking information to the NSW Crime Commission before she was violently shot dead, 9News reports.
Ms Fadlallah, 48, (pictured) was gunned down outside her home in Panania, south-west Sydney, on Saturday evening while sitting in the back of a Toyota 4WD.
Ms Fadlallah’s family (pictured left to right, her sister, sister-in-law) said she deserved to be ‘remembered well’
Four cars were found burnt out in nearby suburbs, a common method used in gangland hits
A crime world source has claimed she was an active member of the city’s drug trade and later owed people money, with police noting her 30-year connection to some of the city’s most notorious gangsters.
Ms Fadlallah was first married to Shadi Derbas in the 1990s, a key member of the Telopea St Gang – coined after the Punchbowl, Western Sydney street – which rose to infamy between 1998 and 2000 as a hornets’ nest of Middle Eastern gang activity.
Also in the car was hairdresser Amy Hazouri, 39, (pictured) believed to have been killed as collateral damage in a hail of gunfire just as they were leaving the hom
More recently, she was the long-term girlfriend of underworld figure Helal Safi – who was found dead in a Sydney apartment in January 2021 after suffering a heart attack.
Neighbors told the Sydney Morning Herald her Range Rover appeared to have been badly hit at both ends in May, only a few months before she was shot dead.
Ms Fadlallah was also linked to several businesses, including a luxury car hire service that was registered to her home.
The two slain women are now the 15th and 16th victims of the bloody gang war, with there believed to be up to three active contracts to kill at any given time.
Police have condemned the ‘extreme violence’ unfolding on Sydney’s streets, with the gunning down of two women marking a bloodthirsty new chapter.
Ms Hazouri’s heartbroken father said his hairdresser daughter was an ‘angel’ and that he wished he’d died instead.
On Monday night, the devastated father, Khaled, broke down crying while describing his beautiful daughter.
‘Angel, angel,’ he told Nine News. ‘Friendly to every people.’
In broken English, Mr Hazouri told Daily Mail Australia his daughter always had a smile and offered a hand wherever needed.
Safi (pictured) was a ‘major’ underworld player and survived 42 stab wounds in jail back in 2010. Ms Fadlallah is understood to have been the criminal’s long-term girlfriend
Lametta Fadlallah, 48 (pictured), she is believed to have been targeted due to her links to organized crime after marrying two of the city’s most infamous drug kingpins
Police allege the shooting was a targeted attack (a burnt out car found in a nearby suburb)
Ms Fadlallah’s adult son, Abraham Derbas said his mother should be remembered as a ‘very nice lady’, while his grandmother, ZamZam Derbas, described what had happened as an unprecedented ‘tragedy’.
‘Nothing ever happened like this before, nothing,’ she said.
Police have since revealed a 20-year-old man was driving the Toyota 4WD the two women were shot in and managed to drive away while the vehicle was still under fire. A 16-year-old girl was also in the front car and miraculously survived.
Once the driver reached safety around the corner he called emergency services for help to save the two shot women in the back seat.
Earlier in the week, an underworld source who knew Ms Fadlallah told the Daily Telegraph she could have been killed because she ‘knew too much’.
‘She was right into the life. She would carry the guns for the boys, give alibis when needed and right up till she was killed mixing with gangsters,’ they said.
‘She always thought she was smart but this is the most dangerous Sydney has ever been. Killing women so openly is the next level.
An underworld source who knew Ms Fadlallah (pictured) told the Daily Telegraph she could have been killed because she ‘knew too much’
The 4WD the women were in is towed away behind the crime scene (pictured)
NSW Police Detective Inspector Danny Doherty on Sunday acknowledged the shooting was ‘unpreceded’ in that an ‘unwritten law’ among Sydney’s underworld that women and families were off-limits had been broken.
He said police would stop at nothing to catch the perpetrators.
‘This is an appalling attack on two women. It was a planned murder, an assassination really, and it’s happened in a public street in Sydney,’ he said.
‘It’s unacceptable by any standards. It’s unprecedented really. And we are determined to get the answers for the family.’
‘They don’t discriminate if you’re male or female. Every rule book has been thrown out, and that is concerning.’
SYDNEY’S UNDERWORLD WAR
AUGUST 29, 2020 – Fares Abounader, a Comanchero bikie was shot dead in a drive-by attack as his wife and young child were inside their Panania house.
OCTOBER 4, 2020 – Shaylin Zreika – an associate of the Alamedines – is beaten with a metal bar in a street fight in Strathfield
OCTOBER 18, 2020 – Rafat Alameddine’s former home is shot up in a drive-by shooting
OCTOBER 19, 2020 – Mejid Hamzy is shot dead in Condell Park
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mustafa Naaman is shot dead in Hurstville in a suspected mistaken identity attack on Ibrahem Hamze
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mejed Derbas is shot dead in Smithfield
FEBRUARY 15, 2021 – Bilal Hamze’s mother Maha Hamze comes under gunfire again in another drive-by shooting at her home in Auburn
MARCH 12, 2021 – A home linked to the Alameddine family in Guildford is shot up
AUGUST 6, 2021 – Alemeddine low-level associate Shady Kanj is shot in Chester Hill and found dead by police in Guildford
AUGUST 14, 2021 – Police foil alleged gangland hit on Ibrahem Hamze when they spot stolen Mercedes in North Sydney
OCTOBER 20, 2021 – Salim and Toufik Hamze are gunned down outside their home in Guildford
NOVEMBER 10, 2021 – Drive-by shooting at Guildford home of Alemeddine associate. No-one is hurt
JANUARY 6, 2022 – Brother of Bassam Hamzy, Ghassan Amoun, is shot dead at 35 years of age in a brazen daylight execution as he sat in a BMW outside an apartment building in Western Sydney.
APRIL, 4, 2022 – Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad aka ‘Mr Big’ is gunned down in a hail of bullets – after being warned by police that he had a million-dollar bounty on his head for his role in deadly shooting in Greenacre.
MAY 10, 2022 – Comanchero bikies with links to the Alameddine clan, Tarek Zahed and his brother Omar were shot at while training at a gym in Auburn. Omar died at the seen while Tarek miraculously survived after being shot 10 times including in the face.
MAY 14: Rami Iskander, 23, was shot in the torso in front of his pregnant wife and two-year-old child at his home on Knox Street at Belmore just before 4am on Saturday. He is the nephew of Brownie Ahmad
MAY 15: NSW Police launch Strikeforce Erebus to try and tackle the growing problem of gang violence with the Australian Federal Police and intelligence agencies partnering with state cops to stop the bloodshed.
JUNE 28: Former Lone Wolf bikie Yusuf Nazlioglu dies in hospital a day after he is hit by 10 bullets in a Rhodes underground carpark
AUGUST 13: Lametta Fadlallah, 48, and her hairdresser friend Amy Hazouri, 39, are shot dead in a silver Toyota 4WD outside her house on Hendy St, Panania in Sydney’s west.