New police theory emerges about Hamze father-and-son homicide during investigation of another gangland slaying
- Salim and Toufik Hamze were shot dead in Guildford, Sydney in October last year
- Police say Salim has come up in investigations into gangland related deaths
- His name emerged in investigation of Alameddine associate Shady Kanj’s death
- Police say the death of Salim was a ‘revenge killing’ as investigations continue
The fatal shooting of two members of the Hamze family may have been an act of ‘revenge’ for the death of a young man from a rival clan, police said.
Salim Hamze, 18, and his father Toufik, 64, were killed in a spray of bullets as they sat in the front seat of a red utility in Guildford, north-west Sydney, on October 20 last year.
Police confirmed Salim’s name has come up in investigations into other gangland related shootings, including the death of Shady Kanj, a 22-year-old low-level associate of the Alameddines.
Kanj was killed in Guildford just two months before Salim and his father were shot dead.
Salim Hamze, 18, (pictured) and his father Toufik, 64, were killed in a spray of bullets as they sat in the front seat of a red utility in Guildford, north-west Sydney, on October 20 last year
Paramedics desperately tried to revive Toufik before he was raced to Westmead Hospital, where he later died
‘(Salim’s) name has come up in that (Kanj) investigation and his name’s come up throughout other investigations,’ Homicide Squad Commander Danny Doherty said.
‘Unfortunately Salim was the target for the shooting, he was ambushed, and Toufik was the innocent bystander.
‘He was the loving father of Salim and ultimately he paid the ultimate price – he is paying for the sins of the son. Salim’s name has come up in a number of our investigations and as a result of that this was a revenge killing.’
Police have since seized a grey Ford Mustang that they allege was used as a getaway car after the Hamzes were shot.
Police say Salim Hamze’s name has come up in multiple investigations in other gangland related deaths
Police say the death of Salim Hamze may have been a ‘revenge killing’
A burnt-out Lexus SUV which was allegedly used as the initial getaway car by those involved was also seized by police with both vehicles having since undergone forensic examination.
‘The Mustang was parked near the intersection of Railway Street and Inkerman Street at Granville late on Tuesday October 19, then moved to Murdock Lane at Guildford in preparation for the murder,’ Det Supt Doherty said.
‘That location at Murdock Lane is also where the Lexus SUV was driven to and destroyed by fire immediately after the murder took place.
‘The movement of these vehicles remains a focus of our investigations and we’re seeking information from anyone who saw either car in the days leading up to the incident to come forward.’
A new appeal for information by police into the cars was issued on Wednesday, with Det Supt Doherty saying some people ‘haven’t come forward completely’ with information.
A burnt out Lexus SUV (pictured) was found 1.8km away in Murdock Lane a short time after the shooting in October last year
‘We know there’s some people who know information and who may have used these cars prior to the murder, or heard something since the murder,’ he said.
‘You know people have probably got an opinion on some of the victims of the killings, but you’ve got a loving family of an innocent 64-year-old man and also an 18-year-old.’
Police believe Salim was the intended target and his father was collateral damage. Police are unaware of any criminal involvement of the slain father.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.