“When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Qur’an 47:4)
A Muslim man charged with attempted murder at the University of British Colombia admitted to trying to kill his victim. The man admitted to his wrong-doing during a recorded interview last week, saying that new readings of the Koran may have led him to do it.
Thamer Hameed Almestadi plead guilty to assaulting Mary Hare with a knife in a dorm room attack on campus in 2016, but claims he didn’t know what he was doing.
“I tried to kill her,” Thamer Hameed Almestadi admitted in a videotaped interview with Sgt. Kevin Jeffrey.
“I was not aware of what I was doing at the time,” he added.
The assault left Hare with serious injuries, including a five-inch-long knife gash in her throat.
Played in court during day two of his trial, the hours long interview featured Almestadi crying at times and asking the officer if the victim was going to survive.
“Tell her I’m sorry …Tell her I made a mistake … I didn’t even know why her,” he said.
A Saudi Arabian student studying internationally, Almestadi responded to the officer’s question on his motivation for the attack by saying he had started listening to the Koran. “I started listening to the Koran and understanding the meanings differently.” He continued, “If you read something and your mind is thinking something else, you understand differently.”
Just 18-years-old at the time of the incident, Almestadi says he hallucinated at one point, seeing Hare as the devil.
The 20-year-old Hare testified Tuesday and said she had only met Almestadi once before the attack. “I fought him off. I did everything I could have done. I don’t have any regrets about what I did … I know that I was as strong as I could have been,” she said in court.
Almestadi said he had no reason for doing what he did.
“She never did anything to me,” he told the officer. “I know what I did is wrong.
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