Brothers 4 Life member charged with murder

 

A man with links to the notorious Brothers for Life gang has been charged over the shooting murder of a man in Western Sydney last week.

Mohammad Eimal Zarshoy, 28, handed himself into police at Granville on Monday where he was charged with murdering 44-year-old Robert Atkinson in Wentworthville last Monday.

Police will allege that Zarshoy was on the run for a week after fatally shooting Atkinson in the leg after at his Jones St house at 7pm.

Witnesses reported seeing a "skinny man" holding a garbage bag in one hand and a gun in the other flee the scene in a ute after hearing a loud bang.

Brothers 4 Life member Mohammad Eimal Zarshoy has been charged with murder. Photo: NSW Police.
Brothers 4 Life member Mohammad Eimal Zarshoy has been charged with murder. Photo: NSW Police.


Mr Atkinson died from blood loss.

On Friday police sent out a public appeal for Zarshoy saying he was wanted on an outstanding murder charge.

They said he had previously lived in the Kellyville Ridge area and was known to frequent The Ponds, Parramatta, Granville, Merrylands and the Central Coast.

Zarshoy attended Granville police station yesterday before being charged with murder.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday.

Police and forensics at the scene of the shooting in Wentworthville.
Police and forensics at the scene of the shooting in Wentworthville.


Cumberland Police Acting Superintendent Despa Fitzgerald last week said that the shooter - alleged to be Zarshoy - and Mr Atkinson knew each other.

She said that the shooter had been confronted by a friend of Mr Atkinson.

"We believe gunman and deceased may have known each other due to the crime scene examination," Acting Supt Fitzgerald said last week.

"We're investigating two altercations … one being the gunshot going off and another when a male visitor at the home confronted the gunman, who fled the home and got into a white or grey utility driven by another person."

Resident Toby Jones, 32, last week told The Daily Telegraph they had heard yelling before the shots were fired.

Witnesses say yelling was heard before the shots were fired.
Witnesses say yelling was heard before the shots were fired.


"We heard some yelling … it was definitely a heated argument, there was a foreign accent but lots of swearing in there too," Mr Jones said.

Zarshoy's arrest comes three years after the 28-year-old was acquitted of any role in a Brothers for Life shooting murder of Bankstown leader Mohammed "Hammoudie" Hamzy's cousin.

A trial heard he had been accused of following B4L general Farhad Qaumi's orders to kill Hamzy and two others but the bungled plan ended in Hamzy's cousin Mahmoud being shot and killed.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict in 2016. In front of a new jury in October 2017 Zarshoy was found not guilty to all four offences of murder, grievous bodily harm and participating in a group contributing to criminal activity.

Originally published as Brothers 4 Life member charged with Sydney murder


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