Detectives appeal for information on first anniversary of Guildford double murder - Homicide Squad

Thursday, 20 October 2022 03:58:51 AM

Homicide Squad detectives are appealing for information and have released CCTV images of a third car believed to have been used in the double murder of father and son, Toufik and Salim Hamzy, at Guildford one year ago.

Just before 9am on Wednesday 20 October 2021, emergency services were called to Osgood Street near Woodville Road, Guildford, after reports of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers from Cumberland Police Area Command located two men – aged 18 and 64 – inside a vehicle suffering gunshot wounds.

The younger man died at the scene, while the older man was taken by NSW Ambulance paramedics to Westmead Hospital, where he later died.

They have since been formally identified as father and son, Toufik and Salim Hamzy.

Investigators subsequently seized two cars – a grey Ford Mustang and a burnt-out Lexus SUV – believed to have been used as getaway vehicles in the murder, which have since undergone forensic examination.

Since that time, further inquiries have been made by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad under Strike Force Ormerod, including numerous public appeals for information.

As part of ongoing inquiries, a 25-year-old man was arrested and charged over his alleged role in the incident earlier this year. He remains before the courts.

As investigations continue, police have released CCTV images of a black Toyota with registration DC 84 DT captured in the vicinity of The Esplanade, Guildford, shortly before the murders occurred.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, said the vehicle has never been recovered and police believe it may still be stored in a secure location.

“Unlike the Lexus which contained cloned plates, police have identified that the Camry was fraudulently registered and was also used before and after the murders,” Det Supt Doherty said.

“These syndicates utilise garages and car spaces across the Sydney metropolitan area to store cars before and after they are used to facilitate serious crimes.

“What we’d ask is for members of the community who may’ve seen this car – perhaps in a unit, garage, secure parking, or quiet street – or who have information about its use, to come forward.

“Toufik Hamzy died due to his son’s involvement in the criminal milieu, but nor the community or police will tolerate the slaughter of an innocent man and those responsible should know they are on borrowed time,” Det Supt Doherty said.

Anyone with information about the murder of Toufik and Salim Hamzy should contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.