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Islamic extremist convicted over shooting at Sydney gay sex club

Islamic extremist convicted over shooting at Sydney gay sex club

A Sydney man with links to hard line Muslim groups has been convicted today over his role in the shooting of a man outside a gay sex-on-premises club.

Milad Bin Ahmad-Shah Al-Ahmadzai has been under surveillance as a terror threat since he was 19 in Australia – however this particular crime does not appear to be terror related.

On 1 May in 2013 Michael Rooke disturbed two men who were breaking into cars in the car park of the Aarows gay sex venue in Rydalmere in Western Sydney and they turned on him, shooting him in the ankle, groin, torso, lungs and liver.

They then stole two cars from the car park after setting another vehicle alight.

The court heard that Al-Ahmadzai had spoken to another Islamic extremist named Wassim Fayad two days before the shooting who had spoken about getting him to ‘sort out’ a ‘freak,’ to which Al-Ahmadzai had responded, ‘God willing.’

Fayad is currently serving time in a super max jail facility after he gave 40 lashes to an Islamic convert to punish him for drinking alcohol in accordance with what he believed was Sharia law.

Rooke’s shooting was captured on CCTV footage which showed him trying to flee into the club before being shot by two masked men.

Al-Ahmadzai claimed during his trial that he was not one of the shooters in the video but Judge Gregory Farmer found there was overwhelming circumstantial evidence that he was.

The court heard that two days before the shooting he had searched the internet using his mobile phone to find information about how to use a revolver safely and that a camera in a van in the car park had recorded audio of one of the shooters saying ‘you got to cock the thing back’ and ‘put one in the chamber.’

In the hours after the shooting Al-Ahmadzai’s phone was used to view news articles about the shooting – as was his wife’s.

Months later after the shooting was featured on a television show about unsolved crimes Al-Ahmadzai called his wife three times from prison to ask her about details from the show.

He also spoke by phone to one of his co-accused in the shooting who was preparing to flee the country and disturbingly appeared to indicate he still wanted to kill Rooke.

‘I wish I could see him now just so I could finish him before I go’ the co-accused man said.

Al-Ahmadzai told the co-accused man he should ‘learn from your mistakes.’

Al-Ahmadzai was already in prison over other offenses when he was charged with the shooting.

How much time will be added to his sentence over this conviction will be determined by the court at a later date.