Footage has emerged of a gangland brawl at Ballina Airport where alleged Hamzy and Alameddine associates can be seen belting each other at the baggage carousel in front of holidaymakers.
Police believe the public punch-up kicked Sydney’s gangland war into next gear, with one of the men involved, Ghassan Amoun, shot dead outside a South Wentworthville laser clinic 11 months later.
The fight began at the baggage carousel after five men caught a Virgin flight from Sydney to Ballina on February 6, 2021.
Vision shows alleged Alameddine associate John Ray Bayssari, 31, waiting for his luggage when he and alleged Hamzy member, Dagher Ghamrawi, 41, spot each other and allegedly begin throwing punches.
A mother is seen dragging her young daughter away, running backwards as the rival clans hit each other and wrestle on the ground.
Shocked travellers watch on, edging away from the unfolding fight.Alleged Alameddine member, Benjamin Barakat, 30, is captured swinging punches before Amoun – the sibling of Brothers For Life founder Bassam Hamzy – runs into the middle of the fight.
Amoun and Bayssari can be seen allegedly thrashing each other on the luggage conveyor belt when a fifth man, 39-year-old Rodriguez Henriques – allegedly linked to the Hamzy clan – is accused of joining in.
NSW Police Criminal Group detectives later charged four men with affray in August this year.
Barakat recently pleaded guilty to affray at Fairfield Local Court while the other three have had their cases mentioned at courts across western Sydney and have yet to enter pleas.
“The brawl lasts for about a minute and a half in total before the parties are separated by airport security,” a police fact sheet tendered to court states.
“There is clearly at least 40 people in the near vicinity of the brawl including families with young children.
“People are moving away from the melee.”