A woman who was in bed with Sydney underworld figure Kemel “Blackie” Barakat when he was gunned down in a hail of bullets has told a court of the chilling moment she thought she was going to die.
Fatima Hage was caught up in the bloody assassination of Mr Barkat in March 2017 when a group of gunmen burst into his Mortlake apartment and killed him.
His former friend and associate Ahmed Jaghbir, 31, is standing trial in the NSW Supreme Court, accused of facilitating the murder by providing a set of keys to the assassins and giving them directions on how to gain entry to the unit via a set of fire stairs.
He has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory to murder after the fact.
Ms Hage told the court she had suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and severe bouts of memory loss as a result of the traumatic incident.
“I thought I was dead, I thought I was going to die, I didn’t understand,” Ms Hage said.
The court heard on Monday that she took a Snapchat photo of Mr Barakat’s body as he lay lifeless in his bed, but she was at a loss to explain why.
She also denied sending the photo to anyone, claiming she saved it onto her phone using Snapchat.
Ms Hage said she had been traumatised and was the victim of bullying as a result of having been in the apartment when Mr Barakat died.
“I was assaulted really bad, I’ve been getting bullied, I’ve been getting harassed,” she said.
“People have no remorse, that I’m the victim, I have to suffer.
“People say ‘yeah you’re lucky to be alive’. No I’m not lucky to be alive cause I’ve got to live with it for the rest of my life.”
The crown prosecution have told the court that Mr Barakat and Mr Jaghbir had numerous links to the Sydney underworld.
Mr Jaghbir also flew with controversial former politician Salim Mehajer to the United States in 2017.
Mr Mehajer is not alleged to have been involved in Mr Barakat’s death.
Ms Hage denied she had anything to do with Mr Barakat’s death and that she had been the one who provided the killers with keys to the apartment or had opened the door for them.
“Of course not, no,” she said when asked if she was any way implicated in his murder.
Asked if she had directed anyone how to access Mr Barakat’s apartment via the fire stairs, she said: “I didn’t even know how.”