He lived in the dangerous world of debt collecting but thought his reputation and connections made him untouchable. He was obviously wrong and, just like his business associate Vasko Boskovski, he was executed by a professional hitman.
Antoun's murder last Monday and Boskovski's in July has opened up a list of suspects that would fill the Entertainment Centre, as Sydney businessman Jim Byrnes quipped this week when told his protagonist Antoun was dead.
Murdered Sydney businessman Michael McGurk was known as a violent standover man, albeit in a suit, who lived on the north shore and would buy debts confident he could recover them using his own brand of tactics.
The most common practice was for commissions to be paid to those offering to collect the debt on behalf of the client.
Respectable businesses have been known to use collection agencies who then employ less desirable types to get the money.
Antoun dabbled in debt collection - and just generally ripping people off. He was a well-known thug with a criminal record but had recently taken to using the Brothers for Life gang to do his dirty work.
Police confirmed their investigation into Antoun's murder includes Brothers for Life.
"But there are a lot of other people who may have wanted him dead," they added.
According to police, Antoun and Boskovki had links beyond the normal Sydney criminal milieu.
"If you look deeper you will find connections to figures in the Melbourne underworld as well, especially with Antoun.''
There is some speculation their murders are a result of their switch from employing Brothers for Life as muscle to another group linked to Muslim crime groups.
Both gangs are well known to the Middle Eastern Crime Squad.
The other theory doing the rounds of the Sydney underworld is Antoun and another of his associates had been hauled in to the NSW Crime Commission for questioning more than once over the past few months.
Other crims get nervous when people like Antoun are under the glare of the all-powerful Crime Commission, who have the power to jail people simply for not answering questions. Many fellow criminals fear they are likely to cut a deal and give them up. That makes them a target to be silenced.
The pair were known to be loving family men who lived fairly unpretentious lives in simple suburban Sydney homes.
Sydney businessman Jim Byrnes has already told police he had been involved in a soured business deal with Antoun and named him as being behind a drive-by shooting of his home, vandalism of his offices and cars and assaults on his staff.
"I had hoped that some years of incarceration may give him time to reflect on his actions."
Byrnes said he had settled the dispute with Antoun, paying him "f … off" money.
"A commercial settlement was agreed to settle any claims Antoun might have tried to bring in the future,'' Byrnes said.
"Our various company interest have now tightened corporate governance so these forms of attacks can never lead to the corporate sabotage brought about by Mr Antoun and his partner in crime.''
"I first met Antoun in the company of an associate and others. Although in shorts, running shoes and long-sleeve
T-shirt he had a rather brutish appearance but he had a very polite manner and was courteous, respectful and polite,'' Byrnes said.
"I would however, some months later when we disagreed on an agreed terms of a purchase, that I began to understand that Antoun had two very different sides.
"Antoun could have a most intimidating demeanour when angry. To say I felt uncomfortable would be an understatement.''
Byrnes expected to be questioned by police over Antoun's death but, according to detectives, it may be some time before they get around to him. There are plenty of other suspects.
Jim Byrnes writes exclusively about his dealings with slain standover man Joseph Antoun.
dailytelegraph.com.au 21 Dec 2013
What the corporate media fail to disclose is that debt collection in Australia IS 'unlawful'.
ANY debt collection agency CAN be dealt with in a manner that can dissolve the debt, in a 'lawful' manner.
Corpau will be posting the information regards to debt collection in the How To / How the post label.
This is all part of the 'Financial Terrorism' policy supported by the 'authorities'.
The police are also part of the 'debt collection' scam against the people of Australia.
- The police swear an oath to the 'Queen', but are at the disposal of corporations in order to enslave the masses to 'corporate rule' rather than the Common Law and 'Constitutional' freedoms Australian citizens truly have.
The new policy is to criminalise as many citizens as possible, so that they have a 'police record' in order to control / limit options and (free) movement.
The effect is that the media verbosely denotes that (Victorian) jails are overflowing, and other makeshift measures have to be implemented.