Comancheros bikie boss Mick Hawi and ‘gunman’ accused of his execution-like murder outside Fitness First ‘fell out on fishing trip’ before murder
- The ex-president of the Comancheros shot several times in the head after leaving Fitness First
- Yusuf Nazlioglu, 38, accused of firing fatal shots through driver’s side window
- Both he and co-accused Jamal Eljaidi have pleaded not guilty to Hawi’s murder
- Mr. Hawi’s widow said that the relationship between Hawi and Nazlioglu had turned sour
- The court heard Mr Hawi called his wife to say they disagreed on a fishing trip
An argument during a fishing trip was a motive for the execution-style murder of Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi, who was ambushed in his car outside a gym in a Sydney suburb in 2018, a jury has heard.
The former Comancheros national president was shot several times in the head shortly after leaving Fitness First Rockdale on February 15, 2018 and getting into his black Mercedes.
38-year-old Yusuf Guney Nazlioglu is on trial before the NSW Supreme Court and accused of being the balaclava-clad gunman who ran to Mr. Hawi’s parked car and fired the fatal shots through the driver’s side window.
Nazlioglu reportedly sprinted away and jumped into a silver Mercedes driven by Jamal Eljaidi, the jury was told Tuesday.
Mr. Hawi’s widow, Carolina Gonzalez, (left) said her husband and accused Yusuf Nazlioglu had been good friends before falling out on a fishing trip (Mr. Hawi’s widow on the left with his sister Zeinab Hawi)
Both men – who have pleaded not guilty to murder – are charged with setting fire to that car minutes after they left the scene of the murder and escaped in a second getaway vehicle.
The crown case is circumstantial and there is no direct evidence showing that either of the men was responsible for the murder.
Jamal Eljaidi arrives at the Downing Center Court on Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty to the murder of former Comancheros national president Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi
“There are eyewitnesses … but no witness will say they saw the suspect Nazlioglu shoot the deceased,” prosecutor Lou Longo said in his opening address.
The second getaway car – stored in the garage of a Bexley hiding place in the days after the murder – was found in Rosebery a month later, the Crown claims.
The genetic profile of both accused men has been linked to DNA evidence found in the car and a balaclava littered with powder debris has been found, Mr Longo said.
Mr. Hawi’s widow, Carolina Gonzalez, said her husband and Nazlioglu had been very close friends and spent a lot of time together in 2015 and 2016.
But she said the relationship weakened during a fishing trip to the NSW Central Coast in the summer of 2016/17, when Mr. Hawi called his wife to say they had a disagreement.
“Mike said he had a disagreement with Yusuf and asked him to go back to Sydney,” Mrs. Gonzalez said.
Mr Hawi (right), the former Comancheros national president, was shot several times in the head shortly after leaving Fitness First Rockdale in February 2018
The former Comanchero bikie boss arrives at the NSW Supreme Court in 2014. Nazlioglu, 38, is accused of running to Mr Hawi’s parked car and firing fatal shots through the driver’s side window.
“He said he was doing something that embarrassed me with someone … I said,” Okay, I’m sure you’ll get over it. ‘
“My husband was very forgiving.”
But months later, Mr. Hawi told his wife that the friendship was “over” and that “he couldn’t take his behavior anymore.”
Eljaidi arrives at court on Tuesday. He reportedly drove a silver Mercedes that Nazlioglu is said to have stepped in after the alleged murder
Avni Djemal, representing Nazlioglu, agreed that his client and the deceased had dropped out about a year before the murder.
But that’s not a motive for murder, and others had “a greater motive” for killing Mr. Hawi, he said in his opening address.
Regardless, the big problem in the trial was that Nazlioglu “isn’t that man” was seen on CCTV shooting Mr Hawi, the lawyer said.
Pictured: Zeinab Hawi out of court. There is no direct evidence that any of the men was responsible for the murder
Carolina Gonzalez covers her face as she exits Downing Center Court on Tuesday during a break
Mr Eljaidi’s lawyer said he had barely been involved in the trial, given the ‘lack of evidence’ the Crown’s case has against the 32-year-old.
“There is no suggestion of any evidence of a motive on his behalf,” said David Dalton SC.
The process continues.