A Sydney man who spat at and abused jurors after being found guilty of his nephew's murder has been muted by a judge after he wouldn't keep quiet during his audio-visual link appearance from jail.
Justice Peter Johnson ordered the man be muted when the 50-year-old kept trying to talk after the judge told him to remain silent, noting he was represented by senior counsel.
The judge also ordered him to appear via the link and not be physically present in the NSW Supreme Court at his upcoming sentence hearing, unless an application is made to the contrary and is granted.
On Wednesday, after the jurors found him guilty of the 2015 shooting murder of his 23-year-old nephew, the man declared his innocence, spat in their direction, labelled them "pigs" and said the judge helped them to convict him, saying "you are police dogs".
On Friday at a brief hearing to set the next date, the judge replied "no" and referred to his having a lawyer when the man asked "Can I talk for one second?".
The judge told him to remain silent but when he tried to continue, the mute button was pressed.
The man's conduct on Wednesday was, primae facie, in contempt of court, Justice Johnson said.
"He abused the jury, he also abused others in court.
"It appears he takes the view he can conduct himself in court as he sees fit irrespective of the authority of the court."
The uncle had denied murdering his nephew by shooting him seven times with a semi-automatic weapon at the entrance of a home in western Sydney in 2015.
The Crown had alleged the victim spent hours in an intimate "meeting" with his aunt - the accused's wife - before he was shot in the head and heart.
The nephew came from overseas to move into the Sydney home of his uncle and aunt as part of a plan to marry their daughter - the victim's cousin.
The sentence hearing is listed for October 4.