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Daylight execution of Sydney solicitor was a ‘coordinated project’

A man who helped to arrange the daylight execution of a Sydney solicitor has been found guilty of murder, after a jury was told he communicated with the gunman, gave him items before the killing, and arranged for him to be driven away afterwards.

Abraham Sinai faced trial in the NSW Supreme Court accused of collaborating with the killer who ran up to Ho Ledinh, 65, and shot him three times at close range as he sat outside the Happy Cup Cafe at Bankstown on the afternoon of January 23, 2018.

Ho Ledinh was shot dead at a Bankstown cafe in 2018.

Ho Ledinh was shot dead at a Bankstown cafe in 2018.Credit:Facebook

Bystanders came to Mr Ledinh’s aid, but the father-of-five died at the scene. The gunman, Arthur Kelekolio, pleaded guilty to murder in April.

On Monday afternoon, a jury found Sinai guilty of murder for his role in the killing.

Prosecutor Sean Hughes had told the jury Sinai was involved in “a coordinated project, the outcome of which was the death of Ho Ledinh”, and his involvement included giving the shooter items about half an hour beforehand and arranging for a van to drive him away.

Mr Hughes said jurors would have “absolutely no doubt” Sinai was “in on” the murder – “before, during and after”.

Police forensics arrive after the shooting death of Ho Ledinh in Bankstown, in front of Happy Cup Cafe in January 2018.

Police forensics arrive after the shooting death of Ho Ledinh in Bankstown, in front of Happy Cup Cafe in January 2018. Credit:Cole Bennetts

The prosecutor argued the motive for the “brazen” killing was Mr Ledinh demanding money from a man called Khai. Sinai was described as Khai’s “right-hand-man”, someone who would take care of his business, collect his debts and resolve any issues.

One of the exhibits in the trial was a recorded conversation between Sinai and another man, where the pair discussed the execution of bikie boss Mick Hawi, the getaway cars used in that case, and how those individuals were caught on CCTV.

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