I find it laughable how the major media fails to highlight, or even report shocking incidents of crime that occur in our residential neighbourhoods.
Case in point,last weekend those usually annoying email CKNW breaking news reports issued a warning to Surrey residents about a violent offender who was armed and dangerous and on the loose. No real details other than he had violently attacked a woman. http://bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=50&contentId=6029&position=5&languageId=4
Great, I live in Surrey, and take appropriate cautions when I am home alone. Good thing too, because when he was finally apprehended, it occurred only a short distance from my home. I have yet to see any sizeable stories, other than a line or two, in any other media other than my local paper, The Leader. Aparently we are so used to repeat violent offenders attacking women that this is not considered majoy
Shahzad Sardar-Ali , 31, has a lengthy criminal record of violent criminal acts, including assault and robbery. He is no stranger to the courts.
On this last weekend,Surrey RCMP responded to a report of domestic assault. On arriving at the north Surrey home, they discovered a 19 year old woman with extensive stab wounds to her face, head and arms. Her attacker also hit her over the head with a 75lb dumb-bell. Thankfully, she is alive, and remains in hospital for her injuries. Shazad was her boyfriend, and RCMP immediately began looking for his whereabouts – he was finally arrested Tuesday night outside a Newton hotel.
Shahzad Sardar-Ali is now charged with attempted murder, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and breach of recognizance.
Yes that’s right, breach of recognizance . In attacking this young woman, he had broken his bail terms.
This violent man was out on bail, stemming from assault charges that occurred July 1st involving his ex-girlfriend. He had been released on the condition he have no contact with her, unfortunately for this new victim, no one thought of her or any other woman he may come in contact with.
I spoke to the courthouse clerk today , and Sardar-Ali is being held until his next court date on September 3, at 9: 30 am. I sincerely hope the judge does not see fit to release him again. God help the next woman he comes into contact with.
Why the judges, lawyers and courts in general don’t seem to understand, is that men who are violent in nature, and have exhibited violence against one woman, are more often than not, inclined to express that violence against other women. This was the case in the highly publicized Scott Young saga, the psychologist findings stating clearly that he has a good chance of violent behavior against future partners. Great, maybe the courts should be tattooing that information on these mens foreheads so women at least know whats coming. No guy is going to be open about having beaten a woman in his past.
I’ll be watching this case with great interest to see how its handled. Just once, I would like to see a judge stand up and protect not only the woman who was attacked, but other potential victims in the future.
Oh, and in related vein, the headline in the paper this story ran was ” Crime Rate down in Surrey”. Although the headline makes it all sound hunky-dory, even their stats show violent crimes are up 27 %. However,the paper did run the disclaimer at the end of the article that the numbers were based on police reported crime data, and only pertain to those crimes that come to the attention of police and are reported by the police.
Once again, open to interpretation and not indicative of whats really occurring in the city.