Ethiopian accused killer believed ex-wife had lesbian affair

Amin Kassim, who is on trial for murder, pictured with his son Sammy, 2, and his common-law wife Muluka

An Ethiopian immigrant believed his estranged wife was having a lesbian affair so he killed her to protect his son, his murder trial heard Tuesday.

In her closing to the jury, Crown attorney Beverley Richards said Amin Kassim “believed” his wife, Muluka Ali, was having an affair with a woman in her Church St. apartment building.

Amin Kassim, who is on trial for murder, pictured with his son Sammy, 2, and his common-law wife Muluka
Amin Kassim, who is on trial for murder, pictured with his son Sammy, 2, and his common-law wife Muluka

Richards quoted Kassim telling his female family friend Ayan Mahdi that he shot Ali and then ran off with their two-year-old son, Sammy, on May 14, 2005.

“I did it for my child so that his mind will not be spoiled,” Kassim told Mahdi in an intercepted phone call.

Kassim admitted hitting Ali and feared getting into trouble for the abuse before he fatally shot her in the living room of her home, court heard.

Richards said Kassim “didn’t shoot Ali four times in the head on sudden impulse,” insisting he weighed his options and decided to kill her.

Richards said the prosecution has proved its case “beyond any reasonable doubt.”

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