A retired cab driver testified Tuesday that a passenger took him for a long ride that culminated in a murder confession and the fare pulling out a revolver.
Marcello Joseph Mossa told the Superior Court jury he was flagged down by a man and his two-year-old son at Jarvis and Charles Sts. at 3:30 a.m on March 14, 2005.
The adult passenger was identified in court as Amin Kassim, 36. He has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of his estranged common-law wife Muluka Ali, 23, and to the attempted murder of Mossa.
Kassim directed Mossa, now 61, to be taken to the city’s west end. But when they got to the back of an apartment complex on Humber Blvd., Mossa listened as Kassim argued loudly with a woman on his cellphone.
Court heard that Mossa told him: “Buddy, it’s getting late, I’ve got to finish my shift.”
He then followed Kassim’s directions to head east to an address on Willowdale Ave.
When the taxi approached and they and saw a police cruiser, Kassim ordered him to “just keep going” and then directed Mossa to backtrack westbound.
“You kidding me, westbound?” the blunt-talking Mossa recalled saying to Kassim. “I was very upset.”
Mossa said he was stunned to hear Kassim say “either ‘I just shot my girlfriend’ or ‘my wife,’ ‘now I’m going to shoot you.’”
He looked over his shoulder and spotted the long barrel of a handgun.
Shocked and scared, Mossa said he got out of cab and sprinted away.
“All of a sudden he takes a shot at me,” he told the jury. After running about nine metres, Mossa glanced back to locate Kassim “and he was not there.” He later called 911, court heard.
The trial continues Wednesday.read more