JUDGE ACQUITTED ACCUSED HIT AND RUN DRIVER BECAUSE HE WASN’T THERE
Deriba Wakene, 57 years-old, performed a hit and run. He claims he didn’t realize it happened, regardless of witnesses and loads of evidence. The woman, Nelisah Damota, 39 years-old, was a wife and mother of three children. Her husband saw everything. A Toronto judge, Justice Ramez Khawly, has acquitted Wakene because he wasn’t there to see the Mercedes collision. Judges now need to be present as witnesses for crimes they rule on to get a guilty verdict. The judge wasn’t there, so evidence and witnesses on the scene don’t matter.
MOTHER OF THREE, DEAD, MERCEDES JUST FINE
It was a dark and rainy night in Toronto, when DaMota was struck by two cars. Back in May, 2015, DaMota was in her car with her husband when she got out of the vehicle to cross the street to go to the ATM. Of the two cars, one was a taxi and the other a white Mercedes. The driver of the Mercedes left the scene of the collision, but the taxi driver remained. The Mercedes driver and now-acquitted man, told the court that he did not feel, hear or see anything. He says he otherwise would have remained at the scene of the collision.
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MAN WASN’T DRUNK, HE WASN’T DISTRACTED
He drove home that night and parked his car with the vehicle damage facing the street. According to investigators, there was no evidence of speeding, consuming alcohol, or being distracted while driving. There was also no indication that bad driving caused the accident. So, he has been acquitted. The judge wasn’t there, end of story. Visitors to Toronto take note. Polite friendly Canadian drivers can run you over without penalty. Be sure to cross Toronto streets holding a local judge’s hand to be safe!
JUDGE WASN’T THERE, SO ACQUITTED THE ACCUSED AND SAID MERCEDES
Justice Khawly told the court that he felt that Wakene’s reasoning was truthful. He said, “I was not there. He was. It may seem outlandish that he did not see, hear, or feel the impact. But the law is clear. As I believe him, despite other evidence, I must acquit.” Because, usually, a judge is at the scene of crime or in this case, collision. But this time, Justice Khawly couldn’t be there. The judge wasn’t there, and that is now the burden of proof.
TORONTO LAW SYSTEM A JOKE, MERCEDES BACK ON ROAD
The victim’s husband feels the law system in Toronto is a joke. Despite all the evidence presented over the two-week hearing, he feels justice has not been served with the driver’s acquittal. Over one thousand pedestrians and cyclists are hit in Toronto each year. Forty-three cyclists were killed last year. Unfortunately, for the family of the victims, most judges were on vacation when these collisions occurred. This judge wasn’t swayed by the facts presented.