By Emma Partridge • Senior Crime Editor
Police have arrested a high-ranking bikie boss outside a Sydney court over an alleged assault at a fine dining restaurant at Crown’s Sydney casino.
Comanchero Tarek Zahed, 40, had just been slapped with a good behaviour bond at Sydney’s Downing Centre and walked out of the courtroom thinking he was a free man when police arrested him yesterday afternoon.
NSW Police’s Criminal Group detectives took the gang’s sergeant-at-arms into an interview room and informed him he was going to be charged with affray after he allegedly assaulted a bikie affiliate at A’mare, an Italian restaurant at the Crown’s Barangaroo casino about 8.30pm on Saturday, January 16.
In the lead up to his arrest, Mr Zahed had spent the entire day in court where he pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.
He had spent much of the day happy and hamming it up in front of the media, blowing a kiss and roaring like a lion as he walked to and from court.Once snapped in a designer shirt, Mr Zahed told journalists he wanted the record corrected: the shirt he wore was Versace, not Gucci.
Mr Zahed, who has an affinity for designer clothes, was once convicted of dealing with proceeds of crime after police seized fluffy Louis Vuitton slippers and a Gucci backpack from his Sydney home.
After he was bundled into a car by detectives he was later charged with affray and entering a casino where he was listed as being excluded.
His matter was mentioned at Central Local Court today but Mr Zahed did not apply for bail and it was formally refused by magistrate Robert Williams.
Mr Zahed is expected to make a bail application when his matter returns to court on January 27.