Chilling footage after Sydney tradie found in burnt-out car

·Associate News Editor
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New video has been released in a fresh appeal for information regarding the murder of a 22-year-old Sydney man earlier this year.

The body of 22-year-old tradie Mejed Derbas, who had been shot, was found in a burnt-out car in Smithfield in January however authorities are yet to identify those responsible for his death.

NSW Police has now shared CCTV vision of a hooded man carrying what appears to be a jerry can moments after a black Mercedes GLA250 is seen following the grey Kia Mr Derbas's body was found in.

Police are seeking information regarding a hooded man and two Mercedes vehicles in relation to the death of Mejed Derbas. Source: 7News/ NSW Police
Police are seeking information regarding a hooded man and two Mercedes vehicles (one pictured right) in relation to the death of Mejed Derbas. Source: 7News/ NSW Police

The man runs to the Mercedes parked at the side of the road and jumps in the passenger door before the vehicle drives off.

The vehicle is one of two police say are of interest to authorities.

Police believe a Mercedes sedan was also involved in Mr Derbas's murder and was spotted travelling in the area around the time of his death.

“Anyone who may have information about the man’s identity, or any of the vehicles depicted in the CCTV, would be of great assistance to investigators and I urge them to come forward,” Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said.

Investigators have also released images of a serrated knife which was located within the crime scene on Hume Road.

“We believe this knife may have been dropped by the person or persons responsible for Mejed’s murder before they left the scene,” Det Supt Doherty said.

The second Mercedes vehicle of interest (left) and a knife police believe may have been dropped by those responsible for Mr Derbas's death. Source: NSW Police
The second Mercedes vehicle of interest (left) and a knife police believe may have been dropped by those responsible for Mr Derbas's death. Source: NSW Police

He said police believe his death is part of internal conflict in an organised criminal network.

“Regardless of lifestyle, nobody should die in such a cruel and callous manner, and the family of Mr Derbas deserve some answers.”

In the wake of his death, Mr Derbas's family told the Daily Telegraph he was a "good kid".

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Bettington investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.

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