The younger brother of Sydney gang rapists Mohammed and Bilal Skaf will be sentenced for drug supply despite it being revealed he sold fake cocaine to an unsuspecting customer, a court has ben told.
Hadi Skaf, 22, was charged over a suspected cocaine deal in Surry Hills on June 12, but the Downing Centre Local Court has heard an analysis of powder seized by police detected no illegal drugs at all.
Skaf was arrested near the Dolphin Hotel in Surry Hills after surveilling officers watched as he handed over what was purported to be drugs to a woman.
Camera IconHadi Skaf was arrested in June 12 in Surry Hills. Credit: Supplied
Officers stopped the car and found small bags of white powder, two mobile phones and $750 cash.
The women were stopped and similar bags containing white powder were found in their possession.
Skaf pleaded guilty to drug supply and dealing with the proceeds of crime on June 24 and has been awaiting sentence ever since.
Camera IconThe young Skaf has been awaiting sentence for months. Credit: Supplied
However, as his lawyer Mina Wassef outlined on Thursday, the defence had been waiting on confirmation that Skaf had not been selling real drugs when he was caught.
That was revealed by the police prosecutor who outlined why Skaf should still be sentenced for selling drugs: “What we’re alleging in the facts is an actual supply. So even if it is not a drug, if it is purported to be a drug, it is deemed a drug.”
Camera IconMohammed Skaf emerges from Long Bay jail after being released on parole last week. John Grainger Credit: News Corp Australia
Camera IconBilal Skaf remains behind bars. Credit: News Corp Australia
Magistrate Miranda Moody agreed and ordered Skaf to be sent to court for sentencing.
He was just a child when two of his elder brothers terrorised the Harbour City in the lead-up to the 2000 Olympic Games as part of a sadistic group committing gang rapes on young women and girls.
Skaf lives at the family’s Greenacre home where brother Mohammed, 38, now resides after being released on parole last week following 21 years in prison.
Bilal remains in jail serving a 31-year sentence and won’t be eligible for parole until 2033.
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