A hit on someone as high profile as Mick Hawi was not spur of the moment. It required careful preparation, an underworld trawl for an assassin an lots of money.
A hit on someone as high profile as Mick Hawi was not spur of the moment. It required careful preparation, an underworld trawl for an assassin an lots of money.

$500k cold-blooded hit: Cost of organising an assassination

A hit on someone as high profile as Mick Hawi was no spur of the moment act, it required careful preparation and lots of money.

Assassinating the former boss of a bikie gang would have cost anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000 and take months of planning, according to underworld sources and police.

Cars had to be stolen and stored, illegal guns purchased and safe houses rented before and after the murder.

And that's before you pay the getaway driver and the gunman.

A tracksuit-clad Hawi climbs into his black
A tracksuit-clad Hawi climbs into his black

 

 

 

Mick Hawi’s murder was almost a textbook gangland hit. Picture: Toby Zerna
Mick Hawi’s murder was almost a textbook gangland hit. Picture: Toby Zerna

Hiring a hit man alone is costly. Ten years before he was eventually killed, a $100,000 contract was offered on Hawi's life, but no one was willing to take it up.

Mick Hawi's murder was almost a textbook gangland hit.

The high performance Mercedes Benz used in the execution was stolen nine months before his death. The Merc and a second getaway vehicle, a Toyota Aurion, were stored at a rented home in Bexley not far from where Hawi was gunned down outside the Fitness First gym in Rockdale.

Bikie gangs have similar stolen vehicles stashed in rented warehouses and workshops all over Sydney waiting for a rainy day - like when someone needs to be killed.

 

The high performance Mercedes used in the execution was stolen nine months before his murder.
The high performance Mercedes used in the execution was stolen nine months before his murder.

 

The burnt out Silver Mercedes-Benz. Picture: supplied.
The burnt out Silver Mercedes-Benz. Picture: supplied.

 

 

 

Car websites are trawled in the lead up to the murder for a registration number of a car matching it. A set of fake number plates matching a similar coloured and model Mercedes were made and attached for the drive to the hit, so all looked normal if police checked the rego.

Another set of stolen plates are made for the second car.

Police never recovered the murder weapon but know it was a Glock, favoured by the underworld, which would have cost up to $20,000 at the time and probably thrown away after the killing. The killers wouldn't risk selling it for another crime for fear the ballistics would come back to bite them.

 

 

Police never recovered the murder weapon but know it was a Glock.
Police never recovered the murder weapon but know it was a Glock.

 

Hawi had survived an attempt on his life in 2007.
Hawi had survived an attempt on his life in 2007.

 

 

 

Hawi, who had survived an attempt on his life in 2007, appears to have become complacent, and went to the Rockdale gym most days at the same time.

And on the day he was hit, his normal body guard or entourage was not with him.

There was only one way to kill Mick Hawi … and that was in broad daylight in public. He had too much security at home and would be alert.

CCTV footage showed that at the same time Hawi was arriving at the Rockdale gym for his daily workout, the stolen Mercedes was reversing out of the Bexley safe house.

 

The aftermath of the broad daylight murder.
The aftermath of the broad daylight murder.

 

 

Bullet traces in the front window of Rockdale Fitness First. Picture: supplied.
Bullet traces in the front window of Rockdale Fitness First. Picture: supplied.

 

The balaclava seized by police contained vital clues. Picture: supplied.
The balaclava seized by police contained vital clues. Picture: supplied.

 

 

Blood stains on the ground outside the gym. Picture: Toby Zerna
Blood stains on the ground outside the gym. Picture: Toby Zerna

At 12.06pm a carefree Hawi - wearing white shoes, grey tracksuit pants and a grey T-shirt - left the gym, climbed in his black Mercedes SUV and for some reason wound down the window.

Seconds later, a gunman dressed in black runs towards Hawi's vehicle with one arm outstretched and then fires multiple times, hitting the father of two in the head, face and shoulder.

There was only one way to kill Mick Hawi … in broad daylight in public.
There was only one way to kill Mick Hawi … in broad daylight in public.

 

Hawi appeared to have become complacent about his safety before the attack.
Hawi appeared to have become complacent about his safety before the attack.

 

 

 

 

Police dust for prints on cars near the death scene. Picture: Damian Hofman
Police dust for prints on cars near the death scene. Picture: Damian Hofman

 

Forensics officers at the scene of Hawi’s assassination. Picture: Damian Hofman
Forensics officers at the scene of Hawi’s assassination. Picture: Damian Hofman

The waiting getaway vehicle with driver then takes off before being dumped and not only set on fire but blown up by explosives to totally destroy any possible DNA. A second getaway car - the stolen Silver Toyota Aurion - was then used.

Two days after the shooting, the Aurion was loaded onto a tow truck from the Bexley safe house on CCTV footage played to the jury.

Originally published as $500k cold-blooded hit: Cost of a Sydney assassination

Mercedes SUV seconds before he’s gunned down.
Mercedes SUV seconds before he’s gunned down.
The car was set on fire and blown up by explosives to totally destroy any possible DNA.
The car was set on fire and blown up by explosives to totally destroy any possible DNA.
Bullet holes in the front passenger window of the slain ex-bikie boss. Picture: supplied.
Bullet holes in the front passenger window of the slain ex-bikie boss. Picture: supplied.

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