Police have charged a man and a teenage boy over the shooting deaths of a father and son linked to Sydney’s underworld conflict last year, and say more arrests are in their sights.
Salim Hamze, 18, and his 64-year-old father Toufik, were found with fatal gunshot wounds inside a ute on Osgood Street, Guildford, just before 9am on October 20. The younger man died at the scene while his father died later at Westmead Hospital.
The pair were related, albeit not closely, to the Hamzy crime family, and the 18-year-old was before the courts on firearms charges. His lawyer Ahmed Dib said after the shooting that his client had been “going down the wrong path” but his father “had nothing to do with it”.
Police established Strike Force Omerod to investigate the alleged murders, seizing a Ford Mustang and a burnt-out Lexus SUV, both of which are believed to have been used as getaway vehicles, and have been forensically examined.
On Tuesday, Homicide Squad commander Danny Doherty revealed police have made a “breakthrough” in the case, charging a 25-year-old alleged associate of the rival Alameddine network with accessory after the fact to murder, and a 17-year-old boy with firearms offences.
Both were charged following raids on homes in Sydney’s west last month and are now before the courts.
Doherty said information from the public was key to those arrests, and police are seeking further assistance to narrow their search for those behind the alleged murders.
Investigators are “very interested” in the movements of the Ford Mustang and Lexus SUV prior to the murders, he said.