Abdullah Al-Taay, Israeli flag assault Bellevue Hill: Not responsible pleas entered

A person accused of an anti-Israeli incident the place he allegedly threatened to kill 4 youngsters tried to evade media by not coming into courtroom as his lawyer entered pleas to the fees.

Abdullah Al-Taay is accused of verbally threatening 4 youngsters on Bellevue Rd at Bellevue Hill in Sydney’s east on October 9 after the teenagers tried to show an Israeli flag on their automotive.

A video of the incident emerged on-line, showing to indicate Mr Al-Taay telling the group to “put that factor again” earlier than allegedly threatening them.

“I swear if I f**king see youse with that flag I’ll f**king kill youse all,” he allegedly says within the video.

“I’m telling youse proper now – all of youse,” he allegedly added earlier than retreating from the automotive.

Mr Al-Taay was then charged with 4 counts of stalk/intimidate aspiring to trigger concern or bodily hurt, “one for every of the (alleged) victims”, in keeping with Detective Superintendent Jodie Radmore.

He was charged on October 11 and spent one night time in custody earlier than he was launched on bail following an utility to a Justice of the Peace at Downing Centre Native Court docket the next day.

He was resulting from face the identical courtroom on Friday to enter pleas to the fees, however his lawyer Aqib Javed advised a deputy registrar that Mr Al-Taay was “current within the neighborhood” of the Downing Centre Court docket however was “not inside resulting from media protection and controversial points”.

“For that cause he isn’t making an look … he’s downstairs, if I may simply point out,” Mr Javed advised the courtroom.

He advised the courtroom that his consumer was “reluctant” to make an look as a result of media presence exterior courtroom and “kindly” requested the courtroom proceed with out Mr Al-Taay current as a result of “controversy”.

The registrar requested Mr Javed to convey his consumer to courtroom as he didn’t have “any order to be excused”.

Minutes later, Mr Al-Taay walked into the courtroom as Mr Javed formally entered pleas of not responsible to all 4 fees.

Mr Al-Taay didn’t reply questions exterior courtroom from a big media scrum however pulled out his cellphone and filmed as he walked away.

Within the days following the incident, Superintendent Radmore advised the media the group of youngsters had been fixing the Israeli flag to their automotive earlier than heading to a vigil to commemorate the lives misplaced within the first assault by Hamas on Israel earlier this month.

“The younger individuals had been going about their enterprise … when the motive force of the car stopped and began to threaten them,” she mentioned on the time.

Mr Al-Taay is on strict bail resulting from police having considerations for the neighborhood’s security given his prior assault conviction.

A part of his bail situations embody being banned from suburbs the place Jewish individuals would possibly congregate in Sydney’s east, together with Bellevue Hill, Double Bay, Woollahra, Queens Park, Bondi Seashore, Bondi Junction, Tamarama, Dover Heights, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, Watsons Bay and Randwick.

He’s additionally banned from attending any protest or rally and should abide by an 8pm to 6am curfew.

The matter will return to courtroom on December 15.

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