Man arrested over murder of Bankstown lawyer

Published: 13 February 2018


A 38-year-old man has been arrested while boarding a plane to Bali at Sydney International Airport, as part of ongoing investigations into the shooting murder of criminal lawyer Ho Ledinh in Bankstown, Sydney’s west, last month.

The man was apprehended just before 10am and was taken to Mascot Police Station where he is assisting with inquiries. He was taken into custody by detectives from Strike Force Eugene, which was established to investigate the shooting.

Sixty-five-year-old Ho Ledinh was gunned down at Bankstown’s Happy Cup café at about 3.35pm on January 23 by a man believed to be armed with a handgun.

Mr Ho was shot up to four times in the torso before the suspected killer was captured on security footage from nearby businesses at Bankstown City Plaza, fleeing on foot, towards a multi-storey carpark.

Witnesses at the time described scenes of panic and chaos, as bystanders tried desperately to save Mr Ho.

A woman administered CPR before emergency crews arrived, and paramedics tried to revive him, but the father-of-five died at the scene.

The lawyer has three young children and a wife who are currently overseas, as well as children from a previous marriage. It’s believed the rest of his family live overseas.

Mr Ho has been described by friends, who expressed shock at his murder, as a “good guy.”

“Unbelievable. I cry, I don’t believe it, I was shaking when I was heard,” Mr Ho’s close friend Van Ziang Nguyen said following his death.

Police told media immediately following the incident that the attack was “deliberate” and “targeted” and may have been linked to Mr Ho’s work as a criminal lawyer.

“The victim was a solicitor, a criminal solicitor, with a lot of clients who engaged in organised crime and other offences,” NSW Police Detective Superintendent Scott Cook said at the time.

No charges have yet been laid and police are continuing to urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers.