Murder of two women in Sydney’s south-west shows there are no rules in organised crime, ex-detective says

The former NSW Police detective says the public shooting of two Sydney women is not unusual in the city’s “dirty” underworld, which he says has no rules.

Lametta Fadlallah, 48, and Amy Hazouri, 39, were killed when their car was peppered with bullets in Revesby, in Sydney’s south-west, about 9pm on Saturday.

Ms Hazouri, who was a hairdresser, is believed to be an unrelated bystander and had met up with Ms Fadlallah to do her hair.

The killings have been described by police as a new low in Sydney’s gangland wars, given what they called an “unwritten law” about not harming women.

“I think that rule of engagement from the law book has been thrown out the window,” Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said on Sunday.

a police officer investigates the inside of a car
The car the women were sitting in was sprayed with bullets.(AAP: Steven Sapphore)

But former detective Michael Kennedy, who used to work in the organized crime squad, asked a simple question: “what rules?”

I don’t know why the police are saying the rules have been broken, there are no rules in organized crime,” he said.

“They don’t have a legislator that sets out policies and laws, it’s an unregulated industry, and it’s a dirty industry.”

Mr Kennedy, who was in the police force for 20 years, said a number of women had fallen victim to the gang wars that run deep in Sydney.

Some have been targeted because they got too involved in criminal networks, others because they were police informants.

Police believe Saturday’s attack was aimed at Ms Fadlallah, who had criminal associations.

The mother of two was previously married to Kings Cross drug supplier and standover man Helal Safi.

The feared criminal career was found dead in his unit in Pendle Hill last year but police say his death was not suspicious.

Dr Kennedy, who is a lecturer at Western Sydney University, said it was possible Ms Fadlallah was still involved in criminal activity and wasn’t “discrete” or “staying in the background”.

“We don’t know if she was sleeping with the enemy, or whether she’s spoken to police about something or whether she’s bought into something that’s a little bit bigger than what she should be involved in,” he said.

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