Who Is Peter Vuong? Service NSW Employee Arrested after allegedly assisting gang in Sydney kidnapping

A former Service NSW employee accused of sharing personal data allegedly used to facilitate the kidnapping and torture of a Sydney man has been granted bail. Read further to know more. Sira Elkheir, 21, was arrested in a Greenacre car park on Wednesday morning and charged over her alleged involvement in the incident that took place last month. Peter Vuong was allegedly abducted by a group of armed men from a Smithfield home on March 9, before being taken to a house in Belmore, where he was tortured for six days. Police claimed that the 26-year-old was tied up, and had his teeth forcibly removed and a pistol placed in his mouth by a criminal group intending to extort money from him or his associates. He was rescued when tactical officers stormed the property on March 14. Ms. Elkheir has arrested at about 11 am on Wednesday, as part of ongoing investigations into the incident under Strike Force Kkuoa.

Peter Vuong
Sira Elkheir was arrested in connection with the kidnapping this week. Picture: 9 News

Who Is Peter Vuong? Service NSW Employee Arrested

he has been charged with her participation in a criminal group, accessing and modifying restricted data, unauthorized function with an intent serious offense, and detain in company with the intent to ransom amount occasioning actual bodily harm. The court heard that on February 20, M Elkheir allegedly used her work computer to access the personal details of Mr. Vuong’s father, who owned a car driven by him, as well as Tran Dinh, whose wife was friends with the victim’s family. Mr. Vuong and Mr. Trinh are not accused of wrongdoing.

Peter Vuong
Peter Vuong was allegedly kidnapped and tortured. Picture: 9 News

In early March, the court was told that Mr. Vuong was followed by offenders to his driveway and received a broken eye socket. After 11 hours, the police claimed that the kidnapping took place, and Ms. Elkheir allegedly accessed the driver’s license photographers of Mr. Dinh’s wife. During their demands for ransom, the alleged kidnappers sent Mr. Dinhand his wife’s driver’s license photographs. Ms. Elkheir’s barrister Troy Edwards SC told the court against his client that Crown’s case is extremely weak and also that she was not in company with anyone.

Peter Vuong
Picture: 9 News

He said that he had a good character and was strong previously. He added, that she accessed them as a favor without turning her mind to what the information would be used for. During granting of bail, Magistrate Elaine Truscott said there was no evidence that she had any criminal associates and accepted that had strong connections to family. She said there was also no evidence Ms. Elkheir had knowledge of what happened to Mr. Vuong, intended for the alleged kidnapping to occur.

Peter Vuong
Picture: 9 News

Her father agreed to lodge a $300,000 bond to help secure bail. As part of her bail conditions, Ms. Elkheir needs to report to the police and reside rather Yagoona’s home. Her matter was adjourned until June. Six men, aged 19-21, were previously charged with offenses including aggravated break and enter, grievous bodily harm and detain in company with the intent to ransom. The investigation is continuing as they remain before the courts. Thank you for being a patient reader.

Shreya Gupta

Contract Specialist with 3 years of experience in end-to-end Contract Lifecycle Management for clients with global and domestic operations.

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