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Sydney gangster lied about Lexus: judge

AAP logoAAP 30/08/2016

A former Google employee lied to police in a bid to derail their investigation into a Brothers For Life-linked slaying, a Sydney judge has found.

Adam Dowidar - a lanky 28-year-old dubbed Stretch by friends and associates of the now-defunct Sydney gang - was questioned in 2012 about the brazen daylight shooting death of Yehya Amoud in suburban Greenacre.

When police asked Dowidar who was at the wheel of his luxury white Lexus at the time of the shooting he told them: "It wasn't being driven ... It was home all day."

He was charged with making a false statement to hinder the discovery of evidence and pleaded not guilty.

But on Tuesday, Sydney District Court Judge Helen Syme said she accepted that Dowidar had loaned his 4WD to another man so that he could drive a senior Brothers For Life figure, Mohammed Hamzy, to the southwest Sydney street where Mr Amoud was shot dead.

"There is no other plausible explanation for the giving of false information to the police other than the intention of hindering that investigation," Judge Syme said.

She also found Dowidar guilty of possessing a Taser-like electronic stun device and a replica silver firearm without authorisation.

Dowidar had claimed the weapons were not his, though they were found in his bedroom at his parents' Belmore home.

Evidence tendered during Dowidar's judge-alone trial included records of intercepted conversations held on Dowidar's Google-issued phone, and photographs of tattoo tributes to "BFL" that covered his lower leg and upper back.

Months after Mr Amoud was shot dead, the court heard, the Lexus was reported stolen and was later found burned out.

Judge Syme said one witness had given evidence that Hamzy had urged the accused to dispose of the vehicle "as they were concerned about it being `off', or bugged".

Dowidar remains on bail and will face a sentencing hearing in November.

Hamzy was found guilty last month of the manslaughter of Mr Amoud and is due to face sentencing proceedings in October.

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