A MAN charged with the shooting manslaughter of another near Tamworth has been granted bail in a Sydney court.
Adnan Al Youssef appeared via video link in Parramatta Local Court from Tamworth on Friday morning, following the death of Ali Wannous in Bundella, near Quirindi.
Youssef is accused of causing the death of the 23-year-old between 10.15 and 10.24pm on Boxing Day by discharging a firearm without regard to public safety, amounting to manslaughter.
Youssef lodged a bid for release in court, after spending the night in custody, following his arrest in Bundella.
Magistrate Robert Abood granted conditional bail after the court heard Youssef was employed as a site foreman at a Sydney company and managed several employees.
As part of his conditions, the 41-year-old has to post $5000 surety, must surrender his passport, not approach any international point of departure, report to police daily and live in Yagoona in Sydney.
He has been ordered to reappear in Tamworth court in January.
The serious nature of the charge triggered a show cause bail hearing meaning the 41-year-old had to show detail why his detention was not justified.
Detectives allege Youssef fired a firearm in an apparent accident, while cleaning the gun, on Boxing Day night.
Mr Wannous, who is also from Sydney’s south-west area, died at the scene.
It’s understood the pair were part of a group of eight who were visiting the property at Coomoo Coomoo Creek Road.
On Friday, Oxley Chief Inspector Kylie Endemi said the group were on a pre-arranged hunting trip and the firearm, which has been seized, was registered.
[He] commenced the cleaning process and during that process the firearm was discharged and struck a 23-year-old man who was standing nearby.Oxley Chief Inspector Kylie Endemi
“[He] commenced the cleaning process and during that process the firearm was discharged and struck a 23-year-old man who was standing nearby,” she said.
“First aid was rendered to the male, and emergency services were contacted but unfortunately the 23-year-old succumbed to those injuries caused by that gunshot.”
Police won’t say where the bullet struck Mr Wannous but said a post-mortem would be carried out.
Chief Inspector Endemi said firearms and other exhibits had been seized from the scene and investigations are continuing.
– with Angus Thompson