Two men have been found not guilty of murdering former Comanchero bikie boss Mick Hawi outside a Sydney gym.
Hawi was ambushed in a daylight shooting outside the Rockdale Fitness First, in the city’s south, as he finished a workout in February 2018.
CCTV captured the 37-year-old being shot at close range in the head, face and shoulder as he sat in his car by a person clad in all black.
Accused gunman Yusuf Nazlioglu, 39, and accused getaway car driver Jamal Eljaidi, 32, pleaded not guilty and faced a three-week trial in the NSW Supreme Court.
The jury deliberated for about four days before today finding both men not guilty.
After the verdict was handed down, one of Hawi’s relatives yelled at the accused.
“I know you did it, you know you did it,” she said.
After the shooting, police found a burnt-out Mercedes that had been used as a getaway car.
The court heard weeks later, a balaclava was found in a second vehicle — a silver Toyota Aurion — which contained DNA consistent with that of Mr Nazlioglu.
According to the Crown’s circumstantial case, the DNA tied Mr Nazlioglu to the balaclava and the balaclava itself was linked to the crime scene because both contained traces of gunshot residue.
However Mr Nazlioglu’s barrister, Avni Djemal, told the jurors the “big piece missing” for the Crown was the lack of any blood on the balaclava.
More to come.