The ex-Rebels bikie accused of murdering Pasquale
Barbaro allegedly agreed to a $500,000 contract to kill a fellow gang member
in a botched conspiracy involving a pizza delivery plot.
Abuzar Sultani emerged on the police radar as an
influential and allegedly violent figure of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle
club gang's Burwood chapter in 2013.
His arrest marked the culmination of
multiple police investigations and saw him charged with murder as well as
offences relating to the possession of up to a dozen guns at one time and
thousands of ammunition rounds.
Sultani is also accused of conspiring to
murder former Rebels enforcer Ricky Ciano, who has since left the bikie
fraternity and moved to Queensland.
It is understood, like many members before
him, the 35-year-old was told he could walk away from the club under certain
conditions, including that he remove his club tattoos.
A statement of facts tendered in court
states Sultani was to be paid $500,000 to kill Mr Ciano at his Central Coast
home in 2015.
Sultani and members of his crew allegedly
planned to stage a pizza delivery and shoot Mr Ciano when he opened the door
to his Wamberal home.
The masters degree student got as a far as
turning up at Mr Ciano's home but the alleged kill plan was thwarted when Mr
Ciano refused to open the door.
Highway patrol officers later stopped a
vehicle allegedly linked to the Mr Ciano conspiracy and found bleach, gloves
and a paint drop sheet.
Inside a locked cabinet in the car boot
were ballistic vests, ballistic resistant face masks, two sawn-off shot
guns, an automatic firearm with a silencer, two revolvers and a balaclava,
the facts state.
Police will allege that DNA profiles of
Sultani were found on a plastic water bottle and a black beanie in the back
of the van.
"Sultani directed the movement of this van
before and after the attempt to murder Ciano," the facts allege.
After hearing the car had been seized,
members of Sultani's group allegedly tried to find the van to steal it back
and reclaim the guns.
Detectives allege that the car belonged to
a company run by Sultani's associates, Mustafa Shekeb and Xiu Yuan "Raymond"
The two men were also arrested as part of
last month's sweeping Strike Force Osprey raids. Zhu faces a charge of
participating in a criminal group while Shekeb is charged with consorting.