Furious lawyer representing mum accused of using fake Covid certificate blows up in court as he blasts the ‘outrageous’ raid: ‘This has got to stop’
- Jeanette Catherine Jeske, 55, arrested at her home in Merrylands on Tuesday
- She allegedly used a fake Covid certificate to work at a primary school
- Strike force officers banged down her door and dragged her out in handcuffs
- Ms Jeske is the mum of alleged Alameddine crime clan member Trent Jeske
- Ms Jeske was granted bail on Wednesday and intends to plead not guilty
The mum of an alleged Alameddine crime clan member has been granted bail after she was accused of used a fake Covid vaccine certificate to work at a school.
Jeanette Catherine Jeske, 55, spent the night behind bars after she was arrested by elite ‘Raptor’ strike force officers at her Merrylands home in Sydney’s west at about 8.30am on Tuesday.
Ms Jeske, who is the mother of Trent Jeske, was accused of handing over the fraudulent certificate to a primary school where she worked as an administrative manager last October.
She faced Fairfield Local Court on Wednesday afternoon wearing a Nike puffer jacket and stared at the floor while her case was heard as her lawyer fought to get the mother freed on bail.
Ms Jeske was dragged out of her home in handcuffs by the heavily-armed officers with her barrister Winston Terracini SC saying she intended to plead not guilty, blasting her treatment from police.
‘This has got to stop, we were threatened by these hooligans,’ he told the court.
‘They trashed our house after they searched it and videoed us being arrested.’
Jeanette Catherine Jeske, 55, who is the mother to alleged Alameddine crime clan member Trent Jeske, (pictured together) was arrested on Tuesday
Ms Jeske was charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, dealing with property proceeds of crime less than $100,000, and participating in a criminal group contributing criminal activity.
Mr Terracini said the charges were ‘outrageous’ and ‘made-up’.
Police allege she received the fake vaccine certificate through her connections to the crime group, which was uncovered during police investigations into the Alameddine’s alleged drug syndicate.
She was was dragged out of her home in handcuffs in Merrylands, in Sydney’s west at about 8.30am on Tuesday
Footage showed Raptor Tactical officers armed with a battering ram banging on the door of Ms Jeske’s home on Tuesday morning.
Moments later she was dragged out of the home in handcuffs as she tried to cover her head with her Nike jacket.
While on bail, Ms Jeske must be of good behaviour, stay at her address, attend Merrylands Police Station weekly, not go within 1km of an airport and not contact certain people.
She will have to hand over $20,000 if she breaches any of her bail conditions.
During the raid of Ms Jeske’s home on Tuesday, police seized cash, documentation and electronic items, which will all be examined.
Elite Raptor Tactical officers barged their way into the home to arrest Ms Jeske, who allegedly used a fraudulent Covid vaccine certificate to work at a school
The line of officers stormed their way to her home on Tuesday morning
Ms Jeske will next appear in Mount Druitt Local Court on September 14.
Her son Trent, an alleged member of the Alameddine crime group, also appeared in the same court on Wednesday over charges related to his alleged involvement in the network.
The 25-year-old will next appear before Fairfield Local Court on September 14.
The mother was charged with dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, dealing with property proceeds of crime less than $100,000, and participating in a criminal group contributing criminal activity
Ms Jeske, who covered her head in a Nike puffer jacket, is seen being led into a paddy wagon