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    CTV News photographer punched multiple times outside Ottawa court

    October 18 2019
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Supporters of an Ottawa tow truck driver who was being sentenced at court this morning, attacked a CTV Ottawa news photographer and threatened several others outside of court Friday morning.

    Mohamed Haj-Saleh was convicted in September of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm in the death of 55-year-old Giai Ly. On Friday he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

    Both before and after the sentencing hearing, Haj-Saleh’s supporters swore at and punched photographers who were covering the case.

    Freelance photographer Mike Carroccetto was threatened verbally as Haj-Saleh’s supporters entered court.

    “He swore at me and got very close to me”, Carroccetto said. “He made it very clear he didn’t want his photograph taken.”

    Later, after the sentence was handed down, several men again swore at and assaulted CTV Ottawa’s Chris Scott.

    “They were hot under the collar because the mother was infirm, and taken away from the courthouse”, said Scott. “They were swearing at the media and threatening us verbally”.

    It then escalated quickly to physical assault. With two separate men punching Scott.

    “He was hitting me repeatedly”.

    “There’s no question that he’s assaulting me and the camera.”

    Over several decades of covering news, Scott says an assault like this is very rare.

    Scott has filed a report with Ottawa Police.


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    I wonder what the police will do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Relic49 View Post
    I wonder what the police will do?
    Where the assailants white male?

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    Dangerous driving causing death. That's basically manslaughter. 2.5 years.

    The judge should get 2.5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawk-i View Post
    Where the assailants white male?
    I wonder how many aggressive white friends Mohamed Haj-Saleh has assaulting photographers on his behalf. Probably not that many.
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    Over several decades of covering news, Scott says an assault like this is very rare.
    This is going to become commonplace in canada over the next decade.
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    Crown seeks 5-year sentence for tow truck driver who killed father of 2

    Mohamed Haj-Saleh was speeding when he hit Giai Ly's car in 2015

    A prosecutor is seeking a five-year sentence for a tow truck driver he says showed a "blatant and egregious" disregard for the rules of the road when he ran a red light and collided with a car, killing a father of two teen girls.

    Mohamed Haj-Saleh was speeding through the intersection of Meadowlands Drive and Viewmount Drive on the afternoon of Nov. 8, 2015, when he hit a Acura CSX being driven by 55-year-old Giai Ly.

    Ly was killed in the crash, while his daughter Lisa was severely injured.

    Tow truck driver charged following fatal Nepean collision

    Haj-Saleh, who was 22 at the time, was convicted last month on one count each of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

    Evidence at the trial stated that Haj-Saleh was driving between 95 and 110 km/h in a 40 km/h residential zone at the time of the collision. Conditions were also clear that day.

    'Profound disregard' for others' safety

    Crown prosecutor Carl Lem told court that Haj-Saleh, now 26, had an "appalling driving record" leading up to the collision that included five speeding tickets, plus three Highway Traffic Act convictions just three days before Ly's death.

    Haj-Saleh's poor driving record, including 26 Highway Traffic Act violations, included among them five repeat speeding tickets in a "relatively short period of time."

    "He had a profound disregard for others' safety on the road," said Lem. "A just sentence must reflect the severity of Mr. Haj-Saleh's criminal acts."

    The crown is also seeking a 10-year driving prohibition for the tow truck driver.

    Members of Ly's family — including his wife, sister and daughter Tracy — were in court for the sentencing hearing. More than half a dozen victim impact statements from his family were read in court.

    Lem read from a statement by Ly's widow Jenny Wu, in which she described her husband as the primary income earner and the one who helped their daughters with their homework.

    Wu said she was devastated by her husband's death.

    "I am left feeling overwhelmed trying to fill his role and I can no longer sleep peacefully." she wrote. "I led a carefree life, and now I am a burden to my family. And it makes me feel humiliated and depressed."

    Ly's daughter Lisa needed three months in hospital to recover from a head injury and a broken hip, leg, and collarbone.

    It was like a black hole swallowed my soul. - Lisa Ly, who survived crash

    She was not in the courtroom Thursday, but Lem also read from her statement.

    "Everything came crashing down, and it was like a black hole swallowed my soul," she wrote, adding that she has frequent flashbacks to the crash.

    "I am paranoid and am worried that I can't be an independent individual."

    Tow truck driver Mohamed Haj-Saleh was convicted in September on one count each of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm. (Robyn Miller/CBC)

    Driver apologizes

    Haj-Saleh, who was accompanied by two dozen friends and family members, addressed the court and offered his "deepest condolences and sincere apologies."

    "I have the utmost remorse," Haj-Saleh said, breaking down as he described his treatment for anxiety following the crash.

    "I have had a lot of sad and sleepless nights, but I know that it pales in comparison to what the family has had to deal with," he added. "I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me as I did not intend for any of this to take place."

    Haj-Saleh's lawyer Leo Russomanno asked the court for a 12-month sentence for his client, with a three-to-five-year driving prohibition.

    Justice Robert Maranger is expected to hand down his sentence Oct. 18.
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