Once it’s finished you can fertilize a whole public park with it. I wonder where I can get a job holding a gun for someone who pay’s me $500.00 a month. Hell Ill hold 4 of them and never bother working at all. I guess as he say’s in the last couple of paragraphs, he has a part time job making martyrs as well.
After shooting his sister and her fiancé, there was silence, Hasibullah Sadiqi told a jury on Friday. He remembered his ears ringing, and a .44 Magnum revolver in his hand.
Sadiqi, his sister, Khatera, and her fiancé, Feroz Mangal, had been out for dinner and movie with friends that night in September 2006.
On their way back to the Elmvale Acres shopping plaza, where Sadiqi had left his car, it was “pretty tense” as they entered the parking lot, Sadiqi testified at his murder trial.
Conversation had turned to their father, from whom Khatera was estranged, Sadiqi said.
Sadiqi told the court he had wanted his sister to speak to their father or at least respect and understand that he was “there for us,” during their youth. Sadiqi had hoped Mangal, as “an Afghani guy too and as a man,” would take his side and back him up, but instead, he stuck up for Khatera, Sadiqi testified.
Sadiqi said he tried to persuade his sister that their family needed unity around the engagement time, but the couple was being “hard-headed.”
Frustrated, Sadiqi eventually left the car and gave a dismissive wave, he testified. Then, he said, Mangal spoke.
“He said, ‘f— you, f— your father, f— your sister. I’ll bring your sister’s dead body to the wedding before I ever let her talk to your father. F— you,” Sadiqi told the court.
“Right there, I just exploded,” Sadiqi said.
“I felt like a thunderbolt hit my head, like I got shot, like someone broke a beer bottle on my head. Right there, I just lost total control. After that, I don’t know, I don’t remember.
“I remember that everything goes silent. Everything goes silent and my ears — my ear is ringing and I see the gun in my hand and I know something went wrong. I know that something is not right.”
Surveillance video shown to the jury shows flashes — believed to be gunshots — that start 46 seconds after the car entered the parking lot.
Khatera died at the scene, while Mangal was taken off life support and died 10 days later. Sadiqi faces two counts of first-degree murder in what the Crown argues was an “honour killing” sparked by anger over the couple’s engagement.
Lawyers representing Sadiqi are expected to argue he was provoked.
Under questioning from his lawyer, Lorne Goldstein, Sadiqi said he never formulated a plan to kill his sister, that he had never thought about killing her nor Mangal, and that he never had specific intent to cause their death.
Tribal differences were not an issue and the killings were not done to provide cleansing, he said. Asked what killing his sister did to the honour of the Sadiqi family, Sadiqi replied: “Damage it.”
Sadiqi said he was saddened and ashamed by what he had done. He described being confused, shocked and scared after the shooting, and eventually turned himself in.
Sadiqi said he had not sought bail after being arrested because he wanted to take responsibility.
On Friday, the Crown wrapped up its case with testimony from one of Mangal’s brothers — who described Khatera’s joy at living with the Mangal family — before Sadiqi took the stand.
With his black hair slicked back and wearing a grey suit and light blue shirt unbuttoned at the collar, Sadiqi, 23, said he had been holding the gun and some ammunition for a friend of a friend since early 2006, for $500 per month.
He said he usually kept the gun in his home, but had it in his car, under the driver’s seat, because the friend of a friend had asked him to keep it close in case that person needed it, he said.
But when faced by repeated questions by assistant Crown attorney Mark Moors regarding details of the friends and the gun, Sadiqi refused to identify the people or location where he’d received the weapon, even when directed to do so by Ontario Superior Court Justice Douglas Rutherford.
Sadiqi said he had time left to serve in prison and would be killed if he disclosed the information.
Sadiqi also said he couldn’t remember other details, including how bullets had ended up in his car and in certain locations at his home. He said his job was to hold the gun, not to ask questions.
Earlier, Sadiqi testified he had welcomed news of his sister’s engagement, but was upset when she returned to Ottawa from B.C. and moved in with Mangal’s family without contacting him.
Sadiqi and Mangal had a hostile encounter in a shopping mall months before the shooting, and Sadiqi tried to puncture the tires of his sister’s vehicle about two or three weeks after the mall incident, he told the court.
But Sadiqi said he had spoken to his sister sporadically and saw her and Mangal at a park later that year and everything was fine.
Sadiqi also denied ever saying to anyone that he was going to “get rid of” the couple, a comment another witness at the trial has attributed to him.
Sadiqi said they went out with friends on the evening of Sept. 18, 2006, after he tried to arrange a meeting with the couple to see how they were doing and how they would proceed with their wedding.
He wanted Mangal to be present in case the conversation turned to the the Sadiqi siblings’ father, he testified.
Sadiqi said Khatera spoke negatively about their father after she lived with her mother.
Sadiqi’s mother testified at the trial that she suffered domestic abuse. She and the Sadiqis’ father are divorced, and the children lived with their father for several years before Khatera and her younger sister moved to B.C. to be with their mother in 2005.
Sadiqi stayed behind for school and work, the court has heard.
Their mother, but not their father, was included in the couple’s engagement plans, the court has heard.
Sadiqi told the court he thought Mangal would help him get his point across regarding their father on the night of the shooting.
“I knew he would help me out more and try to convince her to, you know, speak with her father,” or at least respect and understand his role as they grew up, Sadiqi said.
After Khatera’s death, Sadiqi referred to her as a martyr, the court has heard.
He testified he meant she was an innocent person who would not be judged on her way to paradise.
“She’s my sister, I loved her a lot and basically I took her life. It was from my hands, it was my hands that took her life,” he testified.
“What about Feroz?” Goldstein asked.
“Feroz also, same thing,” Sadiqi replied.