Man charged over alleged role in the murder of Kemel Barakat

A man will face court charged in relation to his alleged role in the murder of Kemel Barakat earlier in 2017.

Emergency services were called to a home unit on Bennett Street, Mortlake, about 2.30am on Friday 10 March 2017, following reports a man had been shot.

On arrival, police located the body of 29-year-old, Kemel Barakat. He had multiple gunshot wounds.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad established Strike Force Yarramba to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Barakat’s death.

Following extensive inquiries, strike force detectives, with the assistance of the Public Order and Riot Squad, executed search warrants at homes at Guildford and Lidcombe, about 6am today (Wednesday 8 November 2017).

A 28-year-old man was arrested at the Guildford home and taken to Parramatta Police Station

He was charged with murder, accessory before the fact to murder, and participate in a criminal group, contribute to criminal activity.

Police will allege in court that the man was involved in the planning of the murder, which included coordinating access to the home unit.

The man was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court.

Investigations under Strike Force Yarramba are ongoing and further arrests are expected.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Yarramba investigators to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.

Source: NSW Police

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