Why a man brutally died over a pair of fake Apple AirPods – while a second attacker is found guilty of murder
- Second man who beat Ross Houllis to death charged
- Abdul Karaali has been found guilty of murder
- Mr. Houllis sold fake AirPods from a friend of Karaali’s
A second man has been found guilty of murder after a couple beat to death a man who sold them fake AirPods online.
The jury in the NSW Supreme Court trial of Abdul Karaali delivered a guilty verdict on Thursday, March 17.
After a three-week trial at the NSW High Court, the jury took three days to reach a verdict.
Ross Houllis, 28, was beaten on Valentine’s Day 2020 in Wakeley in western Sydney before dying in hospital three days later.
CCTV captured two men beating up Mr Houllis on a suburban street after he went to sell a pair of Apple AirPods.
Abdul Karaali (pictured) was charged with murder by the NSW High Court on Thursday, March 17.
Mr Houliss’s mother, Janet, appeared before a press pool immediately after the verdict was handed down and said it had been three tough years since her son’s murder.
Sami Hamdach pleaded guilty to murder in July 2022, but had previously declined to name the other man who took part in the bashing.
Motorists who stopped to check on Mr Houllis during the beating were told he was drunk and the two men were looking after him.
Kiraali’s lawyer Irving Wallach had previously tried to ignore the footage, claiming it was not representative of what was happening at the time.
“What you are presented with are clearly poor quality images,” Wallach said.
“The prosecution’s evidence is generally of poor quality.”
Karaali is due to appear in court on March 31.
Another man, Sami Hamdach, is convicted on the same day for his role in the murder.
Hamdach bought a pair of headphones from Mr. Houllis the day before the attack, thinking they weren’t real.
His girlfriend arranged for Mr. Houllis to meet and sell another pair, when he was attacked by Hamdach and Karaali.
Karaali’s girlfriend avoided charges as the sole caretaker of their three disabled children as her partner faces life in prison.
CCTV has captured footage of Mr Houllis (left) selling the Airpods to Hamdach (right) at a train station, days before Hamdach’s girlfriend lured Mr Houllis into a car park
Janet Houllis appeared to a press pool immediately after the verdict was handed down and said it had been three tough years since her son’s murder.