A heavily-tattooed man who filmed himself attempting to stand-over nightclub boss John Ibrahim says he isn’t embarrassed after alternative video emerged showing him agreeing to leave after being asked.
Mohamad ‘Butch’ Haochar, 37, posted the video of himself at Mr Ibrahim’s front gate on Saturday, showing him appearing to provoke a confrontation over money.
The video ended before Mr Ibrahim arrived at the front gate, but the Kings Cross identity later shared CCTV showing him coming out and calmly talking to Haochar.
Haoachar was arrested and charged on Tuesday for posting on social media about the incident, as well as several other Facebook posts in which he allegedly targeted boxing champ Danny Green and Sydney criminals Bassam and Bilal Hamzy.
He faced Burwood Local Court on Wednesday charged with four counts of publish indecent article and was released on bail, telling media outside court that he and Mr Ibrahim are ‘buddies’.
Mohamad ‘Butch’ Haochar (pictured) leaves Burwood Local Court on Wednesday after a brief hearing on charges of ‘publish indecent article’ relating to social media posts he allegedly made about John Ibrahim, Danny Green, Bassam Hamzy and Bilal Hamzy
Haochar was granted bail by Magistrate Lisa Stapleton, but as part of his strict conditions was banned from going within 100 metres of Mr Ibrahim’s clifftop mansion at Dover Heights
‘It’s all right, I don’t mind that,’ he said of Mr Ibrahim’s video.
‘It comes under the buddies act. We go way back me and John (sic).
‘Can I be left alone now please? I’m hungry.’
As part of his bail conditions, Magistrate Lisa Stapleton banned Haochar from going within 100 metres of Mr Ibrahim’s clifftop home at Dover Heights.
During the brief hearing Magistrate Stapleton watched both versions of the footage – beginning with Haochar’s, before moving on to the video from Mr Ibrahim’s CCTV.
Haochar sat in the dock quietly throughout the proceedings, wearing a Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NRL singlet.
The imposing man – who has ‘execution’, ‘187’ and a grenade inked on his forehead – had days earlier videoed himself as he approached Mr Ibrahim’s home.
‘John, Habib, it’s me, Butch,’ he shouted, before walking over to ring the doorbell.
‘Let’s see if he answers…come on, John.
Haochar posted a video of himself arriving at the home of Mr Ibrahim (right, pictured with his girlfriend Sarah Budge) to Facebook on Saturday. Mr Ibrahim later released different footage showing him refusing to shake Haochar’s hand and turning the heavily-tattooed man away
Haochar (pictured) is seen approaching the 48-year-old, greeting him by extending his hand, which Ibrahim swats away
Haochar’s lawyer Michael Ayache (pictured) told the court on Wednesday that all available footage showed there was ‘no connotation of violence’ in the interaction between his client and Mr Ibrahim
‘He’s not answering, f***.’ Come on, John, answer it’s me,’ he says becoming visibly frustrated.
But when Ibrahim finally came to the door, Haochar stopped recording.
Footage of what happened next, however, was later shared by Ibrahim who captured the moment on his home security camera.
Haochar is seen approaching the 48-year-old, greeting him with an extended hand which Ibrahim swats away.
During the confrontation, which is not audible, Ibrahim seems calm and collected while speaking to Haochar in tracksuit pants and sandals.
Seconds later, Haochar appears to be dismissed and is seen walking away quietly.
His lawyer Michael Ayache told the court on Wednesday that all available footage showed there was ‘no connotation of violence’ in the interaction between his client and Mr Ibrahim.
‘The people in John Ibrahim’s home are filming CCTV of John and my client interacting,’ Mr Ayache said.
‘It certainly doesn’t have connotation of violence to it because he interacts with John. While John doesn’t shake his hand, it’s not intimidating.’
Mohamed ‘Butch’ Haochar, 37, was arrested at Ryde Police Station in Sydney’s west on Tuesday morning
Hamzy (pictured) is a convicted killer who was jailed in 1998 over the shooting murder of Kris Toumazis outside a Sydney nightclub
Danny Green (pictured) is an Australian professional boxer who has enjoyed a successful career in the ring with numerous titles tucked under his belt
Who are Danny Green and Bassam Hamzy?
- Bassam Hamzy is a convicted killer who was sentenced to jail in 1998 over the shooting murder of Kris Toumazis outside a Sydney nightclub. He was also convicted for conspiring to murder a witness. While he was in Lithgow jail, Hamzy founded the notorious gang Brothers 4 Life in 2008. He is currently locked up at Goulburn’s Supermax prison, about 195km south-west of Sydney.
- Danny Green is an Australian professional boxer. He held the WBA light-heavyweight title between 2007 to 2008, the IBO Cruiseweight title in 2009 and 2013 and the WBC interim super-middleweight between 2003 and 2005.
The court heard that Haochar had been arrested on Tuesday and charged with four counts of ‘publish indecent article’.
The charges referred to several other Facebook posts Haochar had allegedly made which targetted Danny Green, Brothers 4 Life leader Bassam Hamzy and his cousin Bilal Hamzy.
Court documents allege that one digitally altered photo Haochar had posted showed him allegedly threatening to execute the Hamzy’s.
‘The accused is pointing a firearm at the head of Bilal Hamzy, who is standing next to Bassam Hamzy,’ Magistrate Stapleton told the court.
As part of his bail conditions Haochar was ordered not to connect with Mr Ibrahim, Danny Green, or either of the Hamzy’s.
He was also ordered not to post about any of the four men on social media, and can not post anything on social media containing a weapon.
Haochar is due to reappear in court May 20.