“I’m speechless and in a state of disbelief, I have been sunk on murder when I am innocent of organising this murder,” Abu-Mahmoud wrote from a holding cell at the Supreme Court.
“What’s hurting the most is your betrayal of me and the fact that you threw your so called little brother under the bus.”
He accused Hamzy of orchestrating two witnesses – including Conrad Craig, who was jailed for shooting Dillon dead – to give evidence implicating Abu-Mahmoud in the murder.
Abu-Mahmoud asked, “why didn’t you come to court Bass and tell them that it wasn’t me who ordered the murder … that it was you”.
He claimed that, after his nephew’s death, Hamzy had said “your family’s blood won’t go to waste”.
“Bass when I spoke to you after the murder, you told me from your own self that you sent Conrad,” he said.
“I ask you from the bottom of my heart, if you have a conscience then step up and tell the police that you organised it, if not I have no choice but for my children [sic] sake to tell the police the truth, 2 years I didn’t even write a statement, but now you leave me with no choice.”
“I no [sic] you will probably wanna hurt me or kill me now cause I have written you a blunt letter but I am broken, I’m broken by you.”
Hamzy’s solicitor, Mohammad Khan, told the Herald his client denied all allegations he was involved in the murder of Brayden.
Hamzy, who founded Brothers for Life around 2007, is considered one of the country’s most dangerous prisoners and has been in custody since 1999 for a string of criminal convictions including drug supply, murder and conspiracy to murder. He will not be eligible for parole for at least another 15 years and is facing further charges for allegedly running a drug supply syndicate from behind bars with the help of his lawyer.
In Abu-Mahmoud’s letter, he spoke of multiple exchanges with Hamzy’s lawyers since 2018, one who allegedly warned Abu-Mahmoud to “keep [his] mouth shut” and another who conveyed that Hamzy had instructed a witness to “roll on” Abu-Mahmoud and write a statement implicating him in the Dillon murder.
In September, Supreme Court Judge Ian Harrison found that Abu-Mahmoud picked up hitman Craig from Cessnock jail in March 2017, provided him with accommodation and then supplied a gun, ammunition and $20,000. Craig shot Dillon dead in his bed on April 14.
In the trial, Abu-Mahmoud’s barrister had argued Hamzy had a reputation for exacting violent revenge and it was possible he had ordered the murder.
But Justice Harrison said the murder of Brayden was not “what might be described as Brothers for Life business” and the suggestion Hamzy was involved “rises no higher than mere conjecture or supposition”.
Justice Harrison said Conrad Craig was sentenced on a set of agreed facts that stated Abu-Mahmoud contracted Craig for Brayden’s murder. However, giving evidence at Abu-Mahmoud’s trial, Craig changed his story and claimed he either acted alone or committed the murder upon instructions from Bassam Hamzy.
The judge said he was satisfied these claims were false and Craig’s initial account of events was true.
Abu-Mahmoud has not yet been sentenced for his role in the murder and he is set to appeal the verdict.
With Georgina Mitchell
Fergus Hunter is a crime reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.