There are earlier cases against the accused
Let us tell you that Nathaniel Weltman, now 22 years old, is on trial in London, Ontario in June 2021 for killing three generations of the Afzal family. The accused pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder, which prosecutors say was premeditated. , and has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder.
Prosecutor Fraser Ball told the jury he had “probably everything you need to get a conviction in this case,” including the defendant’s confession to police.
A specific community was to be targeted
They said Weltman had written a “terrorist manifesto,” found on his computer, in which he espoused white nationalism and described his hatred of a particular community. Before committing the crime, the accused “dressed up like a soldier”, wearing body armor and a helmet, and then set out to kill a particular community.
Four people have died
When Weltman passed the Afzal family on a London street, he swerved his pickup truck and accelerated, the Crown attorney said. And as soon as he reached them, he already jumped out of the truck. According to police, 46-year-old Salman Afzal, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna and their grandmother Talat Afzal, 74, were killed in the incident. A child was also seriously injured in this incident.
Police arrested accused Veltman in a nearby parking lot and told police he wanted to send a serious message to a certain community.
Ball said it was a very scary message. In such a situation, either you leave the country or you or your family member may be next. During the trial, defense attorney Christopher Hicks argued that Weltman suffered from mental disorders and childhood trauma. This led to “depression and anxiety” and it was during this time that he committed the incident.
According to Hicks, he also consumed three grams of hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms prior to the attack, which caused him to feel detached or disconnected from reality “as if living in a dream or detached from reality.” This event has been carried out.