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Man charged over alleged gangland murder of notorious underworld figure


A man who allegedly drove a getaway car from the scene of the alleged 2021 shooting murder of underworld figure Bilal Hamze has been charged.

NSW Police went to Silverwater prison on Tuesday where they arrested and charged 32-year-old Samuel John Rokomoqisa with murder 15 months after Hamze was sprayed with bullets in Sydney’s CBD.

Rokomaqisa, the alleged getaway driver, was refused bail and had his case mentioned at Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday.

Bilal Hamze was a well-known crime figure.
Bilal Hamze was a well-known crime figure and was allegedly gunned down in 2021. (Sydney Morning Herald)

He was remanded until the next court mention on September 29.

Hamze, the cousin of notorious Brothers 4 Life gang leader Bassam Hamzy, was allegedly gunned down in a “hail of bullets” in Sydney’s CBD as he left a restaurant on Bridge Street, near Pitt Street, at about 10.25pm on June 17, 2021.

Hamze was treated at the scene before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he later died.

A short time later, police located a burnt-out Audi at Fleming Street, Northwood. The car underwent forensic examination.

Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty speaks about the man charged with the alleged murder of Bilal Hamze.
Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty speaks about the man charged with the alleged murder of Bilal Hamze. (9News)

“Police will allege in the facts that this 32-year-old man was in the black Audi and that he was involved directly in the murder of Bilal Hamze,” Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said.

Doherty added police are still investigating whether Rokomaqisa was a “gun for hire” or what motivated the murder of Hamze.

He said police also believe there are a number of other people involved in the attack but no matter who pulled the trigger, charges will be laid.

“Obviously there’s more than one person involved in this offence and those inquiries are still ongoing,” Doherty said.

“It doesn’t matter if you source the car, you source the plates, whether you’ve disposed of the car, whether you pull the trigger … you’re all complicit.”

The crime scene in Sydney’s CBD after Hamze was allegedly shot. (Janie Barrett)

Rokomoqisa was already in custody, accused of the attempted murder of Hamze’s brother, Ibrahem Hamze, in North Sydney in August 2021.

“We’re using that incident as part of the murder allegations as well,” Doherty said.

Doherty said the alleged “brazen assassination” of Hamze was part of the ongoing gang warfare in Sydney’s south-west and the high-profile murder would have “shocked” the city.

“That would have been horrific to witness,” Doherty said.

“Today is a breakthrough. Hopefully there is more to come.”

Rokomaqisa’s arrest comes after multiple police appeals for information with the latest launched a week ago.

Investigations are continuing.



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