She may be known as the glamorous girlfriend of Australia’s once most wanted man, but long before Jade Heffer found herself caught up in Sydney’s underworld, she was a country girl from a small town, working as a butcher in Coles to make ends meet.
And now the double gangster WAG is returning to her roots after being released on bail on Thursday on the condition that she resides with her parents in her hometown of Barham in southwest NSW.
Heffer, 28, was arrested on August 4 after allegedly obstructing police who attended the home of her partner Ahmad ‘Alan’ Alameddine in Greenacre, in Sydney’s west, to check whether he was complying with a driving ban. fire arms.
Alameddine, 33, allegedly escaped and was on the run for a month while Heffer remained in prison – until he was arrested on September 6 after being caught engaging in a sex act with another woman in a rundown unit in South Coogee.
Heffer, who was briefly married to Lone Wolf cyclist Yusuf Nazlioglu before he was shot dead in front of her in June 2022, faced the NSW Supreme Court via video link from Dillwynia Women’s Prison on Wednesday. northwest of Sydney.
Jade Heffer is pictured with her late husband, Lone Wolf cyclist Yusuf Nazlioglu
Ahmad Alameddine (pictured) was taken into custody on Tuesday after officers arrested him engaged in a sex act with another woman in a back room of the South Coogee apartment.
Jade Heffer is seen leaving the Dillwynia Women’s Correctional Center on Thursday
Dressed in prison green and her blonde hair braided, Heffer — who turned to Islam after her husband’s death — sat holding a small book, occasionally adjusting her large, gold-rimmed glasses.
The court heard Heffer’s mother Leanne and her partner had traveled more than eight hours from their home in the Riverina area to attend the hearing.
Reading Heffer’s bail application, Judge Natalie Adams noted that Heffer had been charged with obstructing police before admitting to handling a firearm that Alameddine allegedly had in his possession, although he be subject to a firearms ban.
Judge Adams said Heffer had no criminal history except for a driving charge and that the fact that Alameddine was in custody “diminished the risk” that she would be released on bail, because his (alleged) main offense was helping him escape.
“She grew up in a country town, moved to Melbourne and then to Sydney,” Justice Adams said.
“She got married in Sydney and then she saw her husband get shot in front of her.
“After this, she entered into another relationship with someone allegedly associated with another criminal gang, just like her ex-husband.
“(Reading this psychological report), it appears that she suffers from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), which is not surprising.”
Jade Heffer is pictured in her younger years, before becoming famous through her back-to-back relationships with Sydney gangsters.
The country girl, from Barham in southwest NSW, worked at Coles
Heffer is pictured receiving the Badged Central Murray Football Netball League Referee of the Year award circa 2011.
Heffer is photographed in her hometown during her younger years
Heffer is photographed at a night out with friends in her early twenties.
Heffer’s attorney provided Judge Adams with a list of proposed bail conditions, noting that some changes would need to be made to the suggested daily reporting hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
He explained that this was because his legal team had been unable to determine the opening hours of the Barham police station, with their multiple calls to the facility going unanswered.
The prosecution said he was “doubtful” about the location and suggested Heffer should be made to report to a police station in one of the larger nearby towns, such as Deniliquin or Moama.
Although Justice Adams admitted there were concerns that Heffer might seek to assist Alameddine “in his activities”, she said the risk was mitigated by the “strong” conditions and that she could appear at the Deniliquin police by telephone if the Barham police station was closed.
In granting bail, Judge Adams ordered Heffer to refrain from approaching or communicating with prosecution witnesses, including Alameddine.
She is not allowed to leave the house unless accompanied by her mother Leanne or father Brian, to report to the police, attend court, meet her lawyers or undergo medical treatment.
They must also surrender their passport to the police, not come within 1,000 meters of an Australian departure point, reside only with their mother or father and not have more than one telephone or SIM card.
Heffer is photographed in a long white dress and gloves for a formal event during her younger years.
She will return to her hometown after being granted bail in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday.
Heffer was known in her hometown as a talented athlete, having won several sporting awards during her teenage years.
The court heard Heffer later moved to Melbourne and then Sydney, where she married her late husband.
Alameddine’s sister Susan was also granted bail in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday after being arrested at the same time as Heffer and charged with allegedly obstructing police who were trying to arrest her. brother.
Relatives of the siblings were seen outside the Dillwynia Women’s Correctional Center on Thursday, meeting Susan as she was released.
As Heffer prepares to return home, photos have surfaced of her former, very different life in her hometown – where she was praised for her athletic prowess.
During her youth, the former fitness instructor played many sports, including netball and tennis.
While attending Barham High School, she won Sportswoman of the Year twice – in 2009 and 2011 – and also won the Central Murray Football Referee of the Year badge League.
Photos posted online reveal that in his early years, Heffer worked at Coles, spent time studying at university and enjoyed going to the races with friends.
His family are highly respected members within the Barham community, which numbers only around 1,518 people.
Heffer’s grandmother Marj Ryland is CEO and managing director of the local Bendigo Bank branch, his mother Leanne has been treasurer of the town’s Anglican church for 27 years and his father Brian runs an engineering business.
His case is next due to appear before Burwood Local Court on September 27.
Susan Alameddine (wearing the blue tracksuit) is pictured leaving the Dillwynia Women’s Correctional Center on Thursday.
Susan Alameddine is seen vaping and holding a bottle of V Energy as she walked out of the prison in a gray tracksuit with her hair in tight braids.
In the days following her husband’s death, Heffer dramatically changed the nature of her social media posts: She shared photos of herself wearing a hijab and scripts from the Quran.