NSW man walks free over shooting

Lucy Hughes Jones

A Sydney man who helped cover up a daylight execution nearly six years ago will walk free after being handed a good behaviour bond.

Bilal Haouchar pleaded guilty to assisting two masked gunmen who fatally shot 38-year-old Ali Eid at his Punchbowl home in November 2012 and opened fire on Mohammed Hanouf, who survived the attack.

The 31-year-old disposed of the assailants' clothes and was sentenced to a two-year good behaviour bond in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, having already spent more than three-and-a-half years in custody over the killing.

While sitting in the dock, Haouchar smiled and waved to his supporters in court who hugged each other as Acting Justice Peter Hidden ordered him to be under parole supervision for two years.

On Wednesday the Merrylands man pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the charges of murder and shooting with intent to murder, which carries a combined maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

These were lesser alternative charges to murder and shooting with intent to murder, which Haouchar had been facing.

In sentencing submissions, defence barrister David Dalton SC said Haouchar wasn't present during the attack but later took the clothes worn by the culprits, who still haven't been identified.

Last April, the director of public prosecutions ordered there be no further proceedings against two other people charged in relation to the killing.

Acting Justice Hidden said the two victims "had been engaged in the supply of prohibited drugs" but could not rule whether the attack was drug-related.