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‘He left me dying,’ victim testifies at attempted murder trial
‘He left me dying,’ victim testifies at attempted murder trial
 Christian Nkusi, 24, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and aggravated assault in the stabbing of Handule Farah. Photograph by: handout photo , Ottawa Police Service

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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Handule Farah was $60 short for a gram of crack when the drug dealer he knew only as Wheezy stabbed him in the neck with a screwdriver inside his Westboro apartment last August, he testified in an Ottawa courtroom Tuesday.

But what made Wheezy even angrier was that he couldn’t find his Rwandan passport that he had left on the dining room table, Farah said.

“He accused me of taking it,” Farah testified. “He’s got a short temper.”

The passport belonged to Christian Nkusi. Police found it propping open the door to apartment 702 when they responded to a report of a stabbing at 31 Van Lang Pte just before 1 p.m. on Aug. 21.

Nkusi, 25, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and aggravated assault. He has previous robbery, weapon and drug convictions.

Farah also has a criminal record, including assaulting a bus driver, trafficking crack and stealing a taxi.

“I’m not proud of my past,” Farah said, adding that he hasn’t used drugs in more than six months. “I’m a changed man today.”

Farah testified had been up all night and was looking to score some crack when he called his one-time dealer on a Tuesday morning. He lied about having $80.

Nkusi took the $20 he did have before the stabbing, he testified.

“I was so afraid. Blood was gushing out of my neck to the wall,” Farah said. “He left me dying.”

The flathead screwdriver cut his carotid artery and surgery to reconstruct it took two to three hours. Farah was in a coma for three days after the operation. He also had a cut on his eyelid, below his ear and on his back, and multiple broken bones in his face.

Farah offered various reasons why he initially told police it was a knife — not a screwdriver — that was jabbed into his neck. At one point he said it was post-surgery haze, then a language problem before admitting he didn’t have a knife in his apartment at all.

“Listen, I’m the one who got stabbed. I’m the one who got close to dying,” he told defence lawyer Jeffrey Langevin during cross-examination.

Farah was born in Somalia and moved to Canada with his family in 1991. He was a construction worker until a back injury landed him on the Ontario Disability Support Program five years ago, he said.

Langevin suggested that Farah took the passport to use as collateral for crack because he only had $20.

“I didn’t hide it,” Farah responded.

He said he could see the passport on the floor but didn’t tell Nkusi because he was still hoping for drugs.

“It was a stupid move,” Farah said. “He never gave me crack. He was pissed off.”

Farah said he hid the passport after the stabbing when Nkusi had left.

“I didn’t know how bad it was,” he said. “I still wanted to smoke.”

His testimony is expected to continue Wednesday.

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