TECHNOLOGY

Waxed eyebrows in Ibrahim's villa and mysterious DNA on the gun in the Sarah Budge case


Sarah Budge Twist "It turns out DNA was found by a mysterious man on a gun in her house AND a pair of waxed eyebrows found in John Ibrahim's villa".

  • Waxed eyebrows were the focus of the trial against John Ibrahim's girlfriend
  • The analysis shows that the eyebrows come from former high-end real estate agent Ryan Watsford
  • But another unknown man's DNA was on the wax strip
  • This profile also matched the DNA found on a gun discovered at Budge

Waxed eyebrows were the focus of the trial against John Ibrahim's girlfriend. The analysis found that they came from former high-end real estate agent Ryan Watsford of Sydney, although another man's DNA was on the wax strip.

29-year-old Sarah Budge pleaded not guilty to three gun accusations after the NSW police found an illegible Glock 26 pistol and a magazine with 16 bullets in her Double Bay unit in August 2017.

Australian federal police forensic biologist Greg Robertson testified on Wednesday's trial, revealing that he was asked not only to test for DNA left behind on the stolen gun's trigger but also "a pair of waxed human eyebrows" to test.

The biologist received the eyebrows for analysis, as well as the fabric and wax used to tear them out of someone's face.

Waxed eyebrows (pictured) were the focus of the lawsuit against John Ibrahim's girlfriend

Sarah Budge (pictured) arrives at Downing Center Court in Sydney on Wednesday

Sarah Budge (pictured) arrives at Downing Center Court in Sydney on Wednesday

In the NSW District Court, Robertson said he found the DNA of an unknown man – called "Male One" – on the trigger of the pistol and on the black cap it was hidden in.

He told the court that the DNA found on a tape lift from the eyebrow removal fabric also matched Male One's DNA profile.

Male One's DNA did not match any of the reference samples that the police had provided to Mr. Robertson.

The court heard that Budge had given their DNA to the police through a mouth swab, but the court heard that the reference samples did not contain a sample of John Ibrahim.

However, the hair itself matched one of the reference samples that Mr. Robertson had received from the police – that of Mr. Watsford.

Budge's lawyer, Simon Buchen SC, also interviewed Mr. Robertson about an investigation by investigators in March 2018 into the potential of a “family comparison” with Male One's DNA.

Mr. Robertson said while initially not knowing that the police wanted to compare Male One's DNA to that of John Ibrahim's brothers, he later understood that this was the case.

Sarah Budge and John Ibrahim

Sarah Budge and John Ibrahim

However, Mr. Robertson said he had warned the police about the potential of a false negative result when comparing siblings' DNA because they only share 25 percent of their DNA.

The court heard that the test was never carried out on Mr. Robertson's advice.

Mr. Buchen previously suggested that Mr. Ibrahim or one of his staff hid the pistol and ammunition in Budge's bedroom wardrobe days before the police found it.

The trial before Judge David Arnott continues.

Sarah Budge (pictured) did not plead guilty to indicting three weapons. The police found a pistol and magazine in their Double Bay unit in August 2017

Sarah Budge (pictured) did not plead guilty to indicting three weapons. The police found a pistol and magazine in their Double Bay unit in August 2017

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