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Ahmed was having none of it, because he knew if “Esco” got a cut of his deal for doing nothing, he wouldn’t make money.
Rashid-Ghader, a founding member of the Ledbetter-Banff Crips, was known for threats and the extreme violence in tow.
He swung a bottle of champagne at Ahmed’s head to enforce his money-for-nothing drug tax. (Ahmed testified: “It felt like a train hit me.”)
In examination in-chief by lead defence lawyer Solomon Friedman, Ahmed was asked what he thought when he learned he was wanted for murder, and why he ran from the club after shooting.
“I didn’t murder him. In my head, I didn’t think (police) would believe my side of the story. I didn’t murder him, I was just defending myself,” Ahmed testified.
Ahmed has admitted to a series of facts, including that he shot and killed Rashid-Ghader at the nightclub. He shot him twice in the chest, with one of the hollow-point bullets piercing his heart.
Ottawa police never found the handgun, and the killing was captured on security video that was shown in court. They were wrestling on the floor when the gun was fired twice.
Rashid-Ghader led a double life that saw him as a devoted family man by day and an aspiring, drug-dealing rapper by night, complete with VIP treatment in the ByWard Market scene.
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