No ribbons, no marker, no picture, no nothing.
There’s nothing inside or outside of the Mississauga Petro Canada gas station to mark his death that came about as a result of trying to protect it from being robbed.
It was like Hashem Atifeh Rad didn’t exist at all.
But he did.
It’s like his death – at the young age of just 62 – over a $75 gas-and-dash did not happen.
But it did.
Time has marched on since May 19, 2011. And in about 50 days, Abdullahi Mohamoud, 27, could very well have done his time.
As my colleague Sam Pazzano reported on Wednesday’s Toronto Sun front page story, Mohamoud plead out to a dangerous driving causing death and failing to remain at the scene conviction of a guy who was left for dead on the cement.
This guy was so elusive and slippery in terms of hiding from the cops that he was given the nickname “The Ghost.”
He managed to get out to Alberta and hide out there for five months after the gas attendant’s death before being captured.
After that, there were charges of sexual assault, an incident with weapon on the Edmonton transit system and more dangerous driving allegations.
Yet, he was cut break-after-break and he is still getting them.
“It’s pathetic,” said one copper who worked on this case. “It’s so insulting. What is a life worth today?”
Rad’s, obviously, was worth just a few measly weeks.
It was already deplorable that Mohamoud was only sentenced to 28 months, but once the pre-custody goodies kicked in and the fact that he was beat up in detention, he now could be out in time to attend an earlier 2017 season Toronto Blue Jays game in April.
Rad won’t be able to do that. He’s not getting any second chances.
“It does not seem right that he’s only getting such a short sentence,” said Adelina Correia, who was filing up at the very same station where she’s been doing so far 30 years.
It isn’t right. Next we will be hearing he’s been offered to go out on tour with Drake! This was not meant as a joke. A judge did let a guy before the courts in an armed kidnapping go to Europe through a bail variance.
It’s mind boggling to the people at the gas station at the corner of Southdown Rd. and Truscott Dr.
“I remember this like it was yesterday,” said Correira. “He was such a nice man. He deserved better. It’s so sad but such a light punishment is wrong.”
Behind the counter Tahir said he did not know the man who did the very job he’s now doing. But he knows if someone steals gas, he’s to not going out and hanging on to the door handle of a car.
“We just get the licence plate,” said Tahir.
It’s not worth dying over. But running away from this crime like Mohamoud did clearly is worth it.
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