Woman facing terror charges in alleged Canadian Tire attack to be tried in 2018

By The Canadian Press
November 10, 2017 - 10:30am

TORONTO — A Toronto-area woman facing terror charges in an alleged attack at a Canadian Tire store will stand trial next year.

Rehab Dughmosh, 32, will face a judge and jury starting May 28, 2018 for what is expected to be a three-week trial.

Dughmosh is facing a total of 21 charges, including attempted murder of at least three people for the benefit of or in association with a terrorist group.

Police said she allegedly tried to attack employees at a Canadian Tire store in east Toronto with a golf club and a large knife in June.

Dughmosh previously underwent a psychological assessment and was deemed fit to stand trial.

During a brief Toronto court appearance Friday, Dughmosh stood with her back to the judge and repeatedly interjected through an interpreter to call those in the court "infidels."

"Damn your legislation, damn your nationality, go to hell," she said. "Hey you infidels, I do not worship what you worship."

She also expressed a desire to be sent to a country where she could be tried under Shariah law, a request that was denied by Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Goldstein.

"Your views about what system you would like to be tried under are completely irrelevant," he told Dughmosh, who scoffed in response.

"You should consider yourself lucky that you are caught up in a justice system of this nature rather than one that in your flight of fancy you seem to think is better."

Dughmosh has no lawyer but someone may be appointed to provide assistance to her.

After the alleged attack at the Canadian Tire, she was initially charged with offences that include assault with a weapon and uttering death threats.

The RCMP later added a number of terrorism-related charges in connection with the incident. Dughmosh is also charged with leaving Canada for the purpose of committing a crime, an incident that is alleged to have taken place in April of last year.

Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

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