Three men convicted of revenge murder
A jury convicted three men of first degree murder in the revenge murder of 20-year-old Rig Debak Moulebou.
Jurors delivered their verdict against Javaid Wahabi, Abdullahi Mohamed and Munachehr Haroon on Wednesday evening after more than a full day of deliberation.
The three men were convicted of other counts of conspiracy to commit murder.
The mandatory sentence for first degree murder is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.
The Crown’s case was based on the testimony of Arnold Nduta, who was also initially charged with the murder of Moulebou on November 4, 2019, but who subsequently granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony.
Two days before being killed, Moulebou shot dead Jamshaid Wahabi, 23, the brother of Javaid Wahabi, inside the Citizen Nightclub. While Moulebou died before he could be charged, the prosecution and defense accepted as a fact that Moulebou was the killer.
Jurors heard testimony from Javaid Wahabi and others immediately began searching for Moulebou and found him two days later at a residential rental property on Tim Sale Drive.
Jurors heard that the three defendants and Nduta jointly plotted the murder of Moulebou, Haroon and Mohamed agreeing to shoot him.
Tabitha Greive, who was Nduta’s girlfriend at the time, testified that she and a friend rented the house on Tim Sale Drive for the month of October through an online service. Upon returning from a trip to Montreal on November 2, she discovered that the house’s entry code had been changed and that Moulebou was occupying it.
“A man opened the door, we later found out it was Rig,” Greive said.
Greive said she spent the night in a hotel and returned home the next day to collect her belongings, after which Moulebou accompanied her on her errands.
“He had a dirty T-shirt wrapped around his leg with a wound on it,” she said.
Greive said he called the owner of the house, who agreed to let her stay a few more days.
She said she woke up the next morning to find Moulebou in bed with her, prompting her to have sex, which she ultimately agreed to. Later that day, after the police knocked on the door looking for the owner of the house, Greive called Nduta to come and get her.
“I didn’t want to stay there, I just didn’t have any other place at the time,” she said.
When Nduta arrived, “He asked me to come out of the door of the house,” said Greive. “I didn’t know why he asked me that. It was winter and I didn’t have my coat.”
As she was exiting, two men wearing masks and gloves walked around the corner and entered the house.
“I heard two gunshots… almost immediately,” she said.
Greive said Nduta led her by the shoulders to a waiting car, where they were quickly joined by the two masked men, who were sitting in the backseat.
Jurors learned that Moulebou had been shot 11 times in the head and torso while he was sleeping.
Evidence against the three accused included intercepted telephone conversations and cellphone tower transmissions indicating their location at the time of the murder.
Lawyers for the three men argued that other than Nduta’s testimony, there was no direct evidence linking them to Moulebou’s murder. Nduta, they told jurors, had everything to gain and nothing to lose by lying in court.
Wahabi’s attorney, Ryan Amy, argued that Nduta’s lies allowed him to escape prosecution and eviction, and have his housing needs and other expenses paid for by the state.
Someone once said that a journalist is just a journalist in a good suit. Dean Pritchard doesn’t have a good costume. But he’s having a good trial.
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