Man charged with murder of underworld boss Bilal Hamze

Police have charged a man with the murder of underworld boss Bilal Hamze in Sydney’s CBD last year.

Hamze, the cousin of Brothers 4 Life gang leader and murderer Bassam Hamzy, was shot dead in what police described as a “brutal, execution-style” drive-by hit just before 10.30pm on June 17, 2021.

He was 34.

Officers attended Silverwater prison today and charged 32-year-old Samuel John Rokomaqisa with murder.

He is due to appear at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court today.

The arrest comes after police made renewed calls for witnesses who may have seen cars involved last week.

police detectives stand on an empty street with a police van
Police and forensic teams continued to comb the scene of the fatal shooting.(AAP: Dean Lewins)

Police released CCTV footage of a Ford Territory, Mercedes sedan, and a Honda Odyssey they believe were linked to Hamze’s murder.

Detectives identified the Mercedes as being the same one used in an alleged aborted hit on Hamze’s relative, Ibrahem Hamze, two months later. 

Hamze was leaving restaurant Kid Kyoto with a group of people when he was shot several times in June last year.

Witnesses described seeing a pool of blood before he was put into an ambulance and taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he died from critical injuries.

Detectives at the time said they had warned Hamze that his life was at risk in the months before his death, with a bounty on his head.

His cousin, Mejid Hamzy, was shot dead outside his Condell Park home in October 2021 at a time when detectives were concerned about an ongoing feud with a rival family, the Alameddines.

Three men remain before the courts over Ibrahem Hamze’s alleged assassination attempt, charged with conspiracy to murder. 

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