Accused in London, Ont. attack on Muslim family returns to court Nov. 17

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The court case surrounding the targeted attack against a London, Ont., Muslim family at the northwest end of the city has got another adjournment.

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In London’s deadliest mass murder, four members of the Afzal-Salman family took a walk in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood before being hit by a pickup truck.

The attack killed 46-year-old Salman Afzal, his 44-year-old wife Madiha Salman, his 15-year-old daughter Yumna and his 74-year-old grandmother Talat Afzal. The couple’s nine-year-old son Fayaz was seriously injured.

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Local police have called the attack a hate crime and said the family was targeted because of their religion.

Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London, faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, and Crown prosecutors allege that each offense is an act of terrorism.

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On Wednesday, he made a virtual appearance from the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Center (EMDC) at a hearing that lasted only three minutes.

A student appearing for Weltman’s attorney, Christopher Hicks, requested a two-week adjournment to obtain more disclosure and review.

The length of time prompted concerns from Crown Prosecutor Lisa Matthews, who wanted to discuss the resolution with Weltman’s attorney.

The two then adjourned for four weeks and the court ruled for Veltman’s return on 17 November.

The accused is currently in custody at EMDC.

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