The grieving widow of murdered former bikie Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi angrily confronted a property developer in Sydney and threatened to kill him hours after her husband’s execution, a Supreme Court jury has heard.
“But I didn’t mean it,” Carolina Gonzalez said Tuesday of her stern words with Eddie Haragli.
‘I was angry. My husband had just passed away. ‘
Carolina Gonzalez, the grieving widow of murdered former bikie Mahmoud ‘Mick’ Hawi, angrily confronted a property developer in Sydney and threatened to kill him hours after her husband’s execution, a Supreme Court jury has heard.
Mr Hawi (right), the former Comancheros national president, was shot several times in the head shortly after leaving Fitness First Rockdale in February 2018
Mr Hawi, the former Comancheros national president, was shot in the head several times shortly after leaving Fitness First Rockdale on February 15, 2018 and getting into his black Mercedes.
One of his former friends, Yusuf Guney Nazlioglu, 38, is accused of firing the fatal shots before escaping in a car driven by Jamal Eljaidi, 32.
Both have pleaded not guilty to murder in the NSW Supreme Court.
Ms. Gonzalez, who gave testimony on the opening day of the trial, said her husband had done very well in his construction business following his release from prison in 2015.
But in a cross-examination, she denied that he was actually “wanting money from people for favors” or that he had tried to extort Mr. Haragli half a million dollars.
Instead, Ms. Gonzalez said the developer had offered the money to Mr. Hawi.
Speaking of her threat on the night of her husband’s murder, she said she felt that with the information Mr. Hawi had given her, a cousin of Mr. Haragli ‘was the reason Yusuf was involved in the murder. ‘.
Judge Robert Allan Hulme later warned the jury that Ms. Gonzalez’s reasoning was “complete suspicion” was not part of the Crown’s allegations and that they should “put that out of your mind.”
Nazlioglu denies being the balaclava-clad gunman who ambushed Mr. Hawi in the gym parking lot, while his attorney told the jury on Tuesday that others had a larger motive for killing.
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
But the Crown alleges that Nazlioglu was motivated to kill Mr. Hawi after the former close friends fell out.
The couple had spent most of their days together in 2016, but the relationship deteriorated during a fishing trip to the Central Coast in the summer of 2016/17 when Mr. Hawi called his wife.
“Mike said he had a disagreement with Yusuf and asked him to go back to Sydney,” Mrs. Gonzalez said.
“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.”
After allegedly firing the fatal shots through Mr. Hawi’s driver’s side window, Nazlioglu is accused of jumping into a silver Mercedes driven by Eljaidi.
Both men are accused of setting that car on fire minutes later and escaping in a second escape vehicle.
The former Comanchero bikie boss arrives at the NSW Supreme Court in 2014
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 with a balaclava full of powder debris in it, the Crown claims.
The genetic profile of both accused men has been linked to DNA evidence found in the car.
The crown case is circumstantial and there is no direct evidence showing that either of the men was responsible for the murder.
“There are eyewitnesses … but no witness will say they saw the suspect Nazlioglu shoot the deceased,” prosecutor Lou Longo said in his opening address.
Mr Eljaidi’s lawyer said he would hardly be involved in the trial, given the “lack of evidence” the crown case has against his client.
“There is no suggestion of any evidence of a motive on his behalf,” said David Dalton SC.
“As for identification … the evidence is in fact contrary to his involvement.”
The process continues.