Bottom-pincher murder accused found guilty
A Sydney man who bashed an acquaintance to death after he pinched the buttocks of another man in a sexually suggestive way has been found guilty of murder.
Ahmed Kaddour pleaded not guilty to the savage, fatal bashing of Basam Salameh, whose corpse was found crudely stuffed under a pile of laundry in his Granville flat in August 2013.
Throughout the night of August 13, Mr Salameh and three of his mates were being rowdy, partying and yelling at each other with music cranked up loud, the NSW Supreme Court jury heard during Kaddour's two-week murder trial.
But sometime in the early hours of August 14, things turned violent.
Mr Salameh was bashed to death by Kaddour and Daniel Azar, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter only weeks before Kaddour's trial commenced.
Kaddour was found guilty by the jury on early on Wednesday afternoon less than a day after they retired to consider their verdict.
During the trial, the prosecution said Kaddour and Azar had armed themselves with metal bars and turned on Mr Salameh, who was known to neighbours as "Bas", during one of their regular wild nights at the flat.
The pair attacked Mr Salameh after he pinched Azar on the buttocks in a sexually suggestive manner.
A third man, who was outside smoking a joint at the time of the attack, gave evidence at trial in exchange for lenient treatment on a charge of concealing the murder.
Along with Kaddour, he had been initially charged with murder, but CCTV confirmed he was not inside the unit at the time of the fatal attack.
When he returned inside, the witness said he saw Azar holding what appeared to be a hacksaw to Mr Salameh's neck.
He kicked the weapon out of the man's hand, saying: "What the f*** happened?"
The three ran from the scene of the murder but as they rushed away into the early morning darkness, Kaddour hurled a bowling ball through the window of a neighbouring flat.
That was done in order to deflect police, who didn't discover Mr Salameh's body until they forced their way into his home hours later.
His battered remains were found under a pile of clothes.
Two metal bars were also found, one marked with the palm print of Kaddour and the other with Azar's fingerprint.
Throughout the trial Kaddour maintained he had nothing to do with the murder and wasn't at the unit when Mr Salameh was killed.
Having heard evidence from neighbours and police, the jury disagreed and found him guilty.
Kaddour, who is in custody, will be sentenced at a later date.