Two men ‘aren’t speaking’ about shooting

Two men charged with concealing a serious offence after a fatal Sydney shooting at a Sydney industrial estate have been given bail.


Mohamad Abul Hamid Elmir and Adam Sam Abboud, both 22, faced Parramatta Local Court a day after the gunfight in Condell Park, which left one man dead and another seriously wounded.

Police say the pair gave vague and “totally contrary” statements after Elmir’s brother-in-law, Safwan Charbaji, was fatally wounded on Saturday afternoon.

Outside court, defence lawyer Ben Archbold said his clients were both traumatised by the shooting.

“There are no winners in matters like this,” he said.

“They’ve been given bail … and now they’ve got to come home and prepare for a funeral for their brother-in-law and their friend.”

It’s understood Mr Charbaji was shot through the front windscreen of a car, which was then used to drive him to Bankstown Hospital.

Elmir and Abboud were arrested outside the hospital.

The other shooting victim, aged 35, is understood to have been driven to hospital separately, where he remains in a serious condition.

Prosecutors said there was “clearly more going on behind the scenes” that the accused pair were not telling police, and urged the court to deny the men bail.

But Magistrate John McIntosh said it was unknown what either of the men had seen or knew.

Mr McIntosh questioned whether there was enough evidence to support the charges against them, saying the prosecution’s case didn’t sound very strong.

He said he didn’t believe either man posed a risk to the community if released on bail.

Both men are due back in court on April 28.