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Woman, 35, charged over murder of Sydney lawyer Ho Ledinh

A 35-year-old woman has been charged over the murder of Sydney lawyer Ho Ledinh, who was gunned down in a cafe.

Analosa Ah Keni was quietly arrested on Hume Highway in Marulan, NSW on March 8 and was taken to Goulburn Station where she was met with Strike Force Eugene officers.

The mother-of-four was subsequently charged with murder and was refused bail at Liverpool Court to appear at Burwood Local Court on Wednesday.

Criminal lawyer Ho Ledinh, 65, was fatally shot four times while dining at Happy Cup cafe in Bankstown, southwest Sydney on January 23.

Allegations against Ms Ah Keni are that she conducted surveillance, including driving past Mr Ledinh at the cafe less than an hour before his fatal shooting, Nine News reports.

The woman is also accused of being present before the shooting after CCTV was released of the gunman being handed a bottle of water.

Court documents also revealed Ms Ah Keni is four months pregnant and has been ‘experiencing difficulties’ in a prison clinic since her arrest.

Mr Ledinh, a father to two young children, died at the Bankstown cafe after he was shot execution-style in front of horrified witnesses in January.

A gunman wearing a hi-vis top rushed the Happy Cup cafe, shot Mr Ledinh up to four times and fled as he staggered to the floor and died. 

Despite their best efforts, paramedics and his close friend Huu – crying ‘say something, please!’ – could not revive him. 

Sydney man Arthur Kelekolio, 38, was also arrested over the alleged murder at Sydney International Airport last month as he attempted to board a flight to Bali. 

Police will allege Kelekolio was the man who shot Mr Ledinh and fled the scene at Happy Cup cafe. 

The motive of Mr Ledinh’s alleged killing remains unclear. 

Friends of Mr Ledinh said he was a good lawyer but a bad businessman, and records showed he was owing significant sums of money.

His wife Ngo Thu Huong, 30, was in Vietnam with the couple’s two young children at the time of his death. 

Police formed Strike Force Eugene to find the killer following Mr Ledinh’s murder.