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Slain lawyer Ho Ledinh filmed in racially-charged argument

Disturbing footage has surfaced of slain Vietnamese lawyer Ho Ledinh in a racially-charged confrontation with a woman on a Sydney street.

Mr Ledinh, who died when an unknown gunman fired four shots at a Sydney cafe on Tuesday, was captured on camera locked in a vicious argument with an Australian woman.

The video was originally shared from a Vietnamese language YouTube channel in 2015 and shows the 65-year-old argue and yell in front of shocked onlookers in a Sydney suburb.

 

Mr Ledinh, who died when an unknown gunman fired four shots at a Sydney cafe on Tuesday, was captured on camera locked in a vicious argument with an Australian woman (pictured)

The video was originally shared from a Vietnamese language YouTube channel in 2015 and shows the 65-year-old argue and yell in front of shocked onlookers in a Sydney suburb

The video was originally shared from a Vietnamese language YouTube channel in 2015 and shows the 65-year-old argue and yell in front of shocked onlookers in a Sydney suburb

It was shot in December 2015, after the unveiling of a ‘Thank You Australia’ plaque in Saigon Place in Bankstown, close to where Mr Ledinh was killed two years later. 

The exact cause of the altercation remains unclear – however the footage begins with an exasperated Mr Ledinh telling an older woman: ‘No, forget it’ before she can be heard saying: ‘You go and get a life’.

The father-of-three wags his finger at the woman and continues to argue about his right to work and live in Australia.

‘We come here to love this country,’ Mr Ledinh said, to which the woman replied: ‘You better love this country’.

The argument escalated when the woman appears to try to strike Mr Ledinh, before he yells at her: ‘Hey, hey, hey… Don’t touch me.’

Another woman appears to attempt to deescalate the situation by standing between the pair.

It was shot in December 2015, after the unveiling of a 'Thank You Australia' plaque in Saigon Place in Bankstown, close to where Mr Ledinh was killed two years later

It was shot in December 2015, after the unveiling of a ‘Thank You Australia’ plaque in Saigon Place in Bankstown, close to where Mr Ledinh was killed two years later

Ho Ledinh (pictured with his wife and children) was fatally shot at the Happy Cup Cafe (pictured behind) on Tuesday

Ho Ledinh (pictured with his wife and children) was fatally shot at the Happy Cup Cafe (pictured behind) on Tuesday

Mr Ledinh (pictured) was a well-known criminal defence lawyer and previously represented clients in high-profile cases

Mr Ledinh (pictured) was a well-known criminal defence lawyer and previously represented clients in high-profile cases

‘Would you tell him I’ve worked all my life in Australia…. 53 years,’ the first woman told the mediator.

The argument then finishes as the woman walks away, before Mr Ledinh yelled: ‘You go away’. 

It is unclear about what instigated the heated debate in the middle of a busy street. 

According to the Vietnamese caption accompanying the video, the argument may have been sparked by the ‘Thank You Australia’ plaque.

‘A Vietnamese (Ho Ledinh) dissatisfied with the plaque ‘Thank You Australia’ has shouted out on the street causing grievances for Australians passing by. The reason for this is that Australia has to thank the community not to thank you for paying taxes on Australia,’ the rough translation reads. 

The Vietnamese-born father-of-three (pictured) worked only metres away from the cafe where he was fatally shot

The Vietnamese-born father-of-three (pictured) worked only metres away from the cafe where he was fatally shot

Mr Ledinh pictured above with his wife and mother of his three young children

Mr Ledinh pictured above with his wife and mother of his three young children

Mr Ledinh's wife and children (pictured) were in Vietnam at the time of the shooting

Mr Ledinh’s wife and children (pictured) were in Vietnam at the time of the shooting

There is no suggestion the 2015 altercation is linked to Mr Ledinh’s murder. 

Mr Ledinh was fatally shot while dining at the Happy Cup Cafe in Bankstown, Sydney’s west on Tuesday.

An unknown gunman shot the Vietnamese-born father in the pelvic region and he died at the scene.

Police continue to hunt the mystery shooter who was captured earlier in the day on CCTV footage wearing a green shirt and drinking from a water bottle.

The wife and children of Mr Ledinh were in Vietnam at the time of the shooting but have travelled back to Australia.

Police and forensic detectives have spent the day investigating the heinous crime scene.

At 5.30 on Wednesday afternoon detectives arrived again, this time putting on their blue plastic gloves to search the back of the premises. 

The Vietnamese-born lawyer was fatally shot in the pelvic region four times at the Happy Cup Cafe (pictured)

The Vietnamese-born lawyer was fatally shot in the pelvic region four times at the Happy Cup Cafe (pictured)

Police continue to hunt the mystery shooter who was captured earlier in the day on CCTV footage wearing a green shirt and drinking from a water bottle

Police continue to hunt the mystery shooter who was captured earlier in the day on CCTV footage wearing a green shirt and drinking from a water bottle



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