Accused in fatal truck attack on Muslim family asks London, Ont., court for legal aid

20-year-old Nathaniel Weltman faces 4 counts of murder, 1 count of attempt to murder

The 20-year-old accused in the deadly truck attack on a Muslim family in London, Ont., appeared in court via video link from the Elgin Middlesex Detention Center on Thursday morning and asked to apply for legal aid.

On Monday, a day after the attack, 20-year-old Nathaniel Weltman of London was charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempt to murder.

Salman Afzal (46), his wife Madiha Salman (44), their daughter Yumna Afzal, 15, and Salman’s mother Talat Afzal (74) died. The youngest member of the family, nine-year-old Faiz, survived and remains in the hospital.

Wearing a large orange T-shirt, orange pants and a disposable blue mask released from prison, Veltman, who was represented by a duty attorney at his first hearing on Monday, told the court on Thursday that he was represented by London lawyer Damon. are hardy.

Veltman said he needed to apply for legal aid. One guard gave him a piece of paper, and at the end of the hearing, Veltman gave the other guard the broken note. For the duration of the hearing, which lasted a few minutes, he stood with his hands in front of him.

The accused’s lawyers asked for the case to be returned to court on June 17, but Crown prosecutors requested a June 14 request, which the judge granted.

no-contact order

On Sunday, the family of five was out for an evening walk in north west London when a black truck drove off the road and into the family as they waited to cross the road at a red light. It marked the first mass murder in the city’s history, a case that has thrown a united community into fear.

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Police say the family was targeted because of their Muslim religion, and they are in contact with the RCMP and prosecutors about the possibility of filing terrorism charges against Veltman. In court on Monday, nothing was mentioned about any other possible charges.

Since his arrest less than 10 kilometers from the scene, Weltman has been held at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre.

At the time, the justice of the peace issued a contactless order between Veltman and two dozen people, including those at the scene.

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