Abdirahman Ahmed’s trail of terror has ended after an Ottawa judge branded the sadistic rapist a dangerous offender, sending him to prison for an indeterminate sentence. The designation is for life and comes after Ahmed committed horrific rapes — one at knifepoint in an alley — in 2011 and 2009.
The high school dropout originally from Kenya pleaded guilty to the vicious sex crimes, and also pleaded guilty to a severe, foot-stomping beating of another inmate at the Ottawa jail in 2015. Ahmed, 32, also pleaded guilty to assaulting a guard — he threw his urine on a correctional officer — at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
“Based on all of the evidence on this sentencing hearing and without any evidence of Mr. Ahmed’s treatability beyond a hope for change, I cannot risk the safety of the community,” Ontario Superior Court Justice Lynn Ratushny said in her decision.
The judge said his release would now rest in the hands of the parole board.
The lengthy dangerous offender application was successfully argued by Assistant Crown Attorney Peter Napier.
Ahmed arrived in Canada when he was seven. He grew up in Ottawa, and his folks split up when he was 10. His father left town for California, and Ahmed hasn’t said a good word about him since.
He didn’t follow his mother’s house rules and started stealing at 10, partly out of boredom and partly out of envy. He quit school at 14 after he was suspended for stealing, court heard. When he was expelled in Grade 9, his marks were not usually above 10 per cent. He graduated to break-and-enters at 16.
Court heard that he felt invincible when he drank hard. It gave him a sense of “no fear”.
After he was expelled from school, he worked a bunch of honest jobs: fast-food joints, masonry, roofing, retail, telemarketing.
He stole only when drunk, and said when sober that he couldn’t steal, as “that’s the real me.”
Ahmed has never married, though he had a live-in girlfriend when he was in his early 20s and the couple — who have long since separated — have a young daughter.
The judge noted that the Crown “correctly” characterized Ahmed’s criminal history as “dense and varied.”
“It is replete with examples while in the community and while incarcerated of his rapid mood changes, extreme impulsivity, power struggles, inability to control his anger, acting out with accompanying self-harm, increasingly violent behaviour and refusal to engage in any meaningful rehabilitative programs or treatments,” the judge said in her decision.
By: GARY DIMMOCK