The city’s Magistrates’ Court heard allegations put on a Melbourne teen regarding his connections with Apex gangsters who are known for car theft racketing.
The court heard that Mahmoud Taha enjoyed a luxurious life while spending a lot of money on prostitutes, drugs and designer clothes. According to earlier reports, police charged the accused from Broadmeadows in August with armed robberies that took place across the city between May and July. He was alleged to be the “principal offender” in the string of stealing.
Armed Crime Squad detective Senior Constable Elise Douglas, while presenting a lengthy bail application, identified Taha as the mastermind behind the “criminal syndicate” who use to pay his cronies up to $5,000 per stolen sedan basis. He added that Taha used to promise cash and other rewards for the crimes to be committed on his behalf.
Douglas said that the law enforcement officers were not in favor of the bail. “[Mr] Taha’s constant offending over the last few months show that he is completely lawless,” Douglas said. “Police believe that Taha will not comply with any conditions of bail.”
The constable justified his point by giving an example that dated back to June 2016 when the 19-year-old from Melbourne was allowed a six-day extension to his bail period. This was when he committed another three commercial burglaries, “a prolonged period of dangerous driving” and two car thefts.
The application of Taha for bail was refused by the court on Wednesday as Deputy Chief Magistrate Jelena Popovic declared him as an “unacceptable risk” to violating the bail conditions. “My view is that he’s attached to the glamorous lifestyle that he’s built for himself,” she said as quoted by Herald Sun.
The Melbourne teen has been charged with almost 28 counts, including armed robbery, escaping from the police, car theft, etc.
The accused person’s lawyer, Phillip Dunn, QC, defended his client saying the young age should be considered while making any verdict against him. He added that young people “do silly things”, and hence, the case should be considered.