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Bullet left in throat of murder victim

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016 Toby Mann

A man found dead under a pile of clothes in his Sydney unit had an unspent bullet in the back of his throat, probably left there by acquaintances who had brutally murdered him, a court has heard.

Ahmed Kaddour and two other men frequently visited Basam Salameh at his Granville unit but in the early hours of August 14, 2013, things turned violent, the NSW Supreme Court heard on Wednesday.

Mr Salameh was bashed to death by Kaddour and another man, having being set upon after pinching the other man's buttocks in a "sexually suggestive" way and enraging him, crown prosecutor Trevor Bailey said as he opened Kaddour's murder trial to the jury.

"Things elevated, escalated and eventually Basam Salameh died because of the beating," he told the jury.

The crown case is that Kaddour and the other man were in a joint criminal enterprise to bash Mr Salameh with the intent to either kill or cause him grievous bodily harm.

The third man, who was outside smoking at the time of the attack, is expected to give evidence 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, Mr Bailey told the jury during his opening address.

Returning inside soon after, he saw the man holding a hacksaw to Mr Salameh's neck.

He kicked it out of the man's hand and all three ran away, Mr Bailey said.

Before the murder the trio regularly visited Mr Salameh's home, the court heard.

"They were a rowdy bunch," Mr Bailey said, adding police had been called several times over noise complaints.

But the sounds from Unit 10 on the morning Mr Salameh was murdered were different, a witness will tell the court while giving evidence, Mr Bailey said.

Someone was aggressively yelling "come out", the jury heard.

"There was a banging being heard by a neighbour through the wall," Mr Bailey said.

"It sounded like a bat being hit against his adjoining wall."

This was allegedly about 1am on August 14, 2013, and about half an hour later someone could be heard saying "hurry up".

Glass then smashed and the crown says this was Kaddour throwing a bowling ball through the window of Mr Salameh's neighbour's window.

"That was done ... in order to raise alarm and summon police," he said.

But as police only received a report of property damage at the time, they didn't force entry into Mr Salameh's unit until later.

His battered body was found under a pile of clothes.

Two metal bars were also found, one with the palm print of Kaddour and the other with the fingerprint of the man who had started the attack after his bottom was pinched.

Kaddour says he had nothing to do with the murder and wasn't at the unit when Mr Salameh was killed.

The trial continues.

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