Sydney man jailed for murder of Ross Houllis

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Sydney man, Abdul Karaali, was sentenced on Monday to 28 years in prison for the murder of Ross Houllis, over a pair of fake AirPods sold on Facebook Marketplace.

Karaali, 29, was found guilty in March 2023 for the murder of Houllis, 28, at Wakeley on Valentine’s Day, February 2020.

Houllis was allegedly ambushed by Karaali and another man, Sam Hamdach, while trying to sell a set of fake Apple AirPod earphones he had listed on Facebook.

Hamdach, 30, was jailed for the murder of Houllis in April this year.

Ross Houllis.

In the NSW Supreme Court on Monday, Karaali was sentenced to 28 years in prison with a non-parole period of 21 years.

“(Karaali) was a willing recruit,” Justice Stephen Campbell said in court on Monday, according to 7News.

“It is no easy thing to kill another human being by punching, kicking and stomping.”

Houllis’ mother Janet Houllis said in a victim impact statement: “It seems to me [Karaali] did not care that he had taken another’s life over something that didn’t really have anything to do with him.”

“How can someone kill my son over AirPods and money?” she added.

Karaali will first be eligible for parole in July 2041.

Source: 7News

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