Mayor Dilkens weighs in at Ganatchio Trail murder trial; some legal experts ask why

Dilkens submitted a community impact statement for the sentencing of the killer.

FEATURED PHOTO: Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens says he approached the court to ask if he could write the community impact statement. (Sanjay Maru/CBC)

Written by Jacob Barker on January 19, 2021

The decision of Mayor Drew Dilkens to insert his voice into the sentencing hearing of a man convicted second degree murder for brutally beating of a senior on the Ganatchio Trail in October of 2017 is being questioned by some within the legal community.

“I offer these remarks on behalf of the entire city for whom I am elected to lead,” the statement written by Dilkens read.

In October of 2017, Sara Anne Widholm was brutally attacked and beaten on the Ganatchio Trail — she died over a year later. In December, after a two-week trial,  24-year-old Habibullah Ahmadi, who admitted to using cannabis and magic mushrooms the day of the crime, was convicted of second degree murder in her death.

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Mayor has ‘no regrets’ writing to court as part of killer’s sentencing

Mayor Drew Dilkens is making no apologies for weighing in on the senseless and brutal murder of 75-year-old Sara Anne Widholm as she was taking her daily litter-picking walk on the Ganatchio Trail.

FEATURED PHOTO: “Shocked this community to the core.” A plaque lies next to a memorial bench and tree at Little River Corridor Park near the location on the Ganatchio Trail where Sara Anne Widholm was attacked. PHOTO BY NICK BRANCACCIO /Windsor Star

Written by Brian Cross on January 21, 2021

Mayor Drew Dilkens is making no apologies for weighing in on the senseless and brutal murder of 75-year-old Sara Anne Widholm as she was taking her daily litter-picking walk on the Ganatchio Trail.

“I made the submission, I have no regrets doing it and I’d do it again in a heartbeat,” Dilkens said in response to criticism of of his submitting a community impact statement to the sentencing hearing for Habibullah “Danny” Ahmadi.

Ahmadi was found guilty in November of second-degree murder for — while high on marijuana and magic mushrooms — randomly attacking Widholm in October 2017. The beating put Widholm into a coma from which she never recovered and sparked community outrage. She died in hospital 14 months later.

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Amherstburg woman sentenced in dumpster baby case

An Amherstburg woman who plead guilty to concealing the body of a child has been given a suspended sentence and two years of probation.

FEATURED PHOTO: Credit to CTV News Windsor.

Written by CTV News Windsor on September 26, 2018

An Amherstburg woman who plead guilty to concealing the body of a child has been given a suspended sentence and two years of probation.

Samantha Richards, 24, was sentenced in a London court on Wednesday.

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Dad who beat child with electrical cord avoids jail sentence

A man who beat his six-year-old son with an electrical cord because he wasn’t eating his toast fast enough avoided a jail sentence Wednesday when a Windsor judge said the father was a changed man, loved by his wife and children.

FEATURED PHOTO: The Superior Court of Justice building in WIndsor. PHOTO BY NICK BRANCACCIO /Windsor Star

Written by Doug Schmidt on March 28, 2018

A man who beat his six-year-old son with an electrical cord because he wasn’t eating his toast fast enough avoided a jail sentence Wednesday when a Windsor judge said the father was a changed man, loved by his wife and children.

“This is one of those rarest and exceptional cases,” Ontario court Justice Sharman Bondy said in a lengthy written ruling. A pre-sentence report, she said, was “positive, encouraging, might I say — exemplary” in describing the father of four young children.

Standing in the courtroom in a black suit, the 27-year-old father, who cannot be named under a publication ban issued by the court to protect the identity of his children, was handed a conditional discharge and placed on 36 months probation. He was ordered to continue with the anger management, parenting and other counselling he has been receiving. “Access to his children is still restricted,” said defence lawyer Patricia Brown.

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Chatham man admits to threatening to blow up Parliament

A Chatham man has been sentenced to 180 days in jail after admitting to a threat to blow up Canada’s parliament buildings.

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Written by CTV Windsor on August 14, 2017

A Chatham man has been sentenced to 180 days in jail after admitting to a threat to blow up Canada’s parliament buildings.

But David Osterbrook, 51, will spend only 20 more days behind bars as he was credited for time served.

Osterbrook pleaded guilty Monday to one count of uttering a threat to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property.

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Men charged in Boom Boom Room shooting found not guilty

The two men charged in the shooting of a bouncer at a downtown Windsor bar three years ago have been found not guilty.

FEATURED PHOTO: A stay in court proceedings has effectively ended the case against Jon-Paul Fuller, the ex-head of the Windsor-Essex Crime Stoppers unit. (Derek Spalding/CBC)

Written by CBC News on August 24, 2017

The two men charged in the shooting of a bouncer at a downtown Windsor bar three years ago have been found not guilty.

Kevin Nyadu was charged with attempted murder the night Devonte Pierce was shot in the back at the Boom Boom Room nightclub. Shadrack Amankwa was charged with accessory to attempted murder.

Windsor bouncer shot at Boom Boom Room ‘happy to be alive’
In his decision, Justice Paul Howard outlined the lack of evidence in the trial, specifically saying there was no eyewitness to the shooting and no direct evidence Nyadu ever had the gun.

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ACCUSED MEN IN BOOM BOOM ROOM SHOOTING FOUND NOT GUILTY

Two Brampton men charged in a downtown Windsor shooting have been found not guilty.

FEATURED PHOTO: Kevin Nyadu walks out of court after being found not guilty of attempted murder. August 24, 2017 (Photo by AM800’s Teresinha Medeiros)

Written by Teresinha Merdeiros on August 24, 2017

Two Brampton men charged in a downtown Windsor shooting have been found not guilty.

Kevin Nyadu, 22, was acquitted on the charge of attempted murder and Shadrack Amankwa, 26, was acquitted on a charge of accessory to commit attempted murder.

In October 2014, Devonte Pierce, a bouncer at the Boom Boom Room in Windsor, was shot in the back, but survived.

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Parliament Threat Case Pushed

A resolution to the case of the 50-year-old Chatham man charged for allegedly threatening to blow up Canada’s parliament buildings could be reached next month.

FEATURED PHOTO: The Ontario Supreme Court of Justice in Chatham, seen on March 18, 2016. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Written by Ricardo Veneza on May 18, 2016

A resolution to the case of the 50-year-old Chatham man charged for allegedly threatening to blow up Canada’s parliament buildings could be reached next month.

David Osterbrook’s case has been adjourned to June 15.

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End trial now, say defence lawyers in Boom Boom Room shooting case

Defence lawyers representing two Brampton men charged with the 2014 shooting of a bouncer at a downtown Windsor nightclub argued Wednesday there is not enough evidence for the trial to proceed.

FEATURED PHOTO: The Boom Boom Room at 315 Ouellette Ave., is pictured on Oct. 5, 2014 — the day of an early morning shooting. PHOTO BY DAX MELMER /Windsor Star

Written by Sarah Sacheli on April 6, 2017

Defence lawyers representing two Brampton men charged with the 2014 shooting of a bouncer at a downtown Windsor nightclub argued Wednesday there is not enough evidence for the trial to proceed.

The judge in the case has already thrown out evidence of a trace amount of gunshot residue detected on one of the men’s hands, ruling police violated his right to call a lawyer. Police recovered a 9mm handgun, but the male DNA on it did not match either man. The bouncer testified earlier in the trial he has no idea who shot him.

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Lenience sought for gun-toting man unconstitutionally stopped by Windsor police

The lawyer for a man who was found to be carrying a handgun and drugs in Windsor says his sentence should be mitigated because his Charter rights were violated.

FEATURED PHOTO: The .32-calibre revolver and ammunition found on the person of Omar Muhammad Omar while he was walking on a street in Windsor is seen on Nov. 19, 2015. PHOTO BY TYLER BROWNBRIDGE /Windsor Star

Written by Dalson Chen on April 28, 2017

The lawyer for a man who was found to be carrying a handgun and drugs in Windsor says his sentence should be mitigated because his Charter rights were violated.

Omar Muhammad Omar, 22, is facing potentially five years in prison on the offences of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm while prohibited (two counts), careless storage of a firearm, and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.

During the early morning hours of Nov. 19, 2015, Omar and another man were stopped by Windsor police near Richmond Street and Walker Road.

A search of Omar uncovered a loaded antique-style .32-calibre revolver, extra ammunition, and eight grams of cocaine.

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