Teen suspects is not going to testify in their very own defence in Vanier assault trial


Abdirahman Sahal and Yusuf Hussein elected to name no proof and won’t testify in their very own defence as their aggravated assault trial is ready to listen to closing arguments Tuesday, with prosecutors alleging the 2 19-year-old males beat 74-year-old Morty White in a Dec. 2018 unprovoked assault.

Each males pleaded not responsible on the outset of their trial final week, the place Ontario Courtroom Justice Peter Doody heard testimony from White and one other man who was struck throughout the identical incident, resulting in a further depend of easy assault in opposition to Salah.

The Crown case is predicated largely on video proof present to court docket in a composite video, with clips stitched collectively from house safety cameras, surveillance footage from inside a financial institution and the rearview digicam taken from a close-by taxi. Clothes seen on the suspects within the video was in comparison with the winter jackets, denims and sneakers Salah and Hussein had been sporting on the time of their arrest, a month after the incident.

The video, shot round 9 a.m. on a sunny Saturday morning on Dec. 6, 2018, reveals White withdrawing money from a financial institution machine at Montreal Highway and Hannah Avenue when the 2 males alleged to be Salah and Hussein are seen passing by outdoors.

The 2 are first seen within the video exiting a residence on Hannah Avenue — Salah and Hussein had already been court-ordered to not talk with one another — and strolling in direction of Montreal Highway when one sufferer was allegedly punched, unprovoked, by Salah.

A quick skirmish is seen from contained in the financial institution as White steps outdoors and rounds the nook, and the 2 males are seen turning and following White.

One of many suspects seems to journey White from behind whereas the opposite pushes him to the bottom, and one of many suspect’s legs is then raised in what seems to be a stomping movement.

White stated he remembers little of the incident. Nothing was stolen from him, not even the money he had simply withdrawn.

The Crown will make its closing submissions first, adopted by defence legal professionals Shira Brass representing Hussein, and Sarah Ahsan representing Salah.

Ahelmer@postmedia.com

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