Accused of deadly anti-Islamic attack due to return to court in two weeks
October 6, 2021 11:34 a.m.
The London man accused of deliberately running over a Muslim family with his truck, killing four people and injuring one, had his case closed for another two weeks.
Nathaniel Veltman made his ninth London court appearance on Wednesday. He appeared by video from Elgin Middlesex Detention Center where he has been held since his arrest in June. The hearing was again brief, lasting just over two minutes. A representative for the 20-year-old’s attorney, Christopher Hicks, said the defense was still awaiting further information.
“We hope that in the next two weeks we can receive and consider further disclosures and hopefully discuss with the Crown,” Defense Representative Sehee Ahn told the court.
The Crown has confirmed that three waves of disclosure – evidence gathered by prosecutors and police – have been sent to the defense. A fourth wave should be transmitted.
Veltman, who wore a prison-issued orange outfit and a blue mask, spoke only to identify himself.
The case was postponed until October 20.
Veltman is charged with four counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the June 6 hit-and-run, which prosecutors say constitutes an act of terrorism.
Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzaal and 9-year-old son Fayez Salman, and Salman Afzaal’s mother, 74, Talat Afzaal, were out for an evening stroll when a pickup truck pulled up the curb on Hyde Park and South Carriage Roads and struck them before accelerating. Fayez Salman was the sole survivor of the attack.
Veltman was arrested shortly after the family was hit, about seven kilometers from the crash site. London Police said there was evidence the attack was a planned and premeditated act motivated by hate.
There is a publication ban on the evidence presented in the case.