On Thursday, Justice Robert Allan Hulme jailed Doudar for four-and-a-half years with a non-parole period of three years and four months.
Justice Hulme said a statement of agreed facts in Doudar’s case names the person who shot Mr Hawi as “Yusuf Nazlioglu, a close friend of Mr Doudar”.
The facts also detail that “Nazlioglu was driven to the scene of the shooting in a Mercedes Benz AMG CLA45 by Jamal Eljaidi”.
“Immediately after killing Mr Hawi, they drove to Chandler Street, Bexley. There they set fire to the Mercedes and then drove away in a silver Toyota Aurion that had been parked nearby earlier that morning,” Justice Hulme said.
The Aurion was then driven to another location, according to the agreed facts, and parked in a garage where it was later retrieved by Doudar.
“At the time of loading the vehicle onto the tow truck, [Mr Doudar] knew that the vehicle had been used by Nazlioglu as a getaway car following the shooting of the deceased Hawi,” the agreed facts state.
“In loading the vehicle onto the tow truck, [Mr Doudar] intended to assist in disposing of the vehicle in order to assist Nazlioglu to evade detection for his involvement in the killing of the deceased.”
The car was discovered by police officers, by chance, about a month after the killing. A black balaclava was in the front passenger side footwell.
Justice Hulme said the murder was “horrifying” and described it as a “dangerous and violent public execution”.
“Mr Doudar knew this,” Justice Hulme said. “His plea, and the facts with which he agrees, indicate that he knew that his friend, Yusuf Nazlioglu, was the brazen and brutal executioner.
“Mr Doudar assisted in the disposal of a car in order to help Nazlioglu evade justice. However, there was more involved in his criminality than that bare act, and that succinctly stated motive.”
At a sentencing hearing last week, Mr Hawi’s widow Carolina Gonzales wiped away tears as she said her family has experienced “excruciating pain”.
“A bunch of cowards … decided to play God, and what did you achieve? What satisfaction did you get from doing this?” Ms Gonzales said.
“There will come a day, Ahmad, when you will stand before the ultimate judge, and you will not be able to make a deal nor plead with anyone to save yourself.”
Justice Hulme said murders like this “do not happen by chance, opportunistically, or impulsively”.
“They require the involvement of multiple people,” Justice Hulme said.
“Mr Doudar was motivated to assist a vicious and cold-blooded murderer to evade justice. His morality was no better than the principal offender and the other(s) who were directly involved.
“His preparedness to assist Nazlioglu and others to evade justice demonstrated that he shared their arrogant and immoral belief that they had an entitlement to extinguish the life of another person.”
Doudar has been in custody since August 2018. He will be eligible for parole in December 2021.
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Georgina Mitchell is a court reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.