Canada: Jail Inmate beat up terrorist after terrorist threatened to kill him and blow up his family if he didn’t convert to islam

http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/08/24/alleged-terror-twins-beatdown-was-payback-court-told

Terrence Wilson had no intention of converting to Islam and it might have ended there, if accused terrorist Carlos Larmond hadn’t threatened to blow up his family, a court heard Monday.

But Larmond’s jailhouse proselytization escalated into violent death threats against the Wilson clan, lawyer Paolo Giancaterino told the court. The tensions would eventually prompt CSIS agents to interview Wilson at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.

And at 11:30 a.m. on March 3, Wilson let Larmond have it in a cellblock beatdown that left the accused terror twin bruised and bloodied.

Wilson, 24, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm. A co-accused, who is still before the courts, also faces charges in the beating.

A video of the attack was played in court Monday at Wilson’s sentencing hearinng.

It shows the first blow catching Larmond square on the chin. A flurry of punches — 34 in all — send him tumbling to the ground in a common area outside a bank of cells, as half a dozen inmates look on.

Larmond somehow staggers to his feet, but the attack continues.

A guard’s face is visible at the cellblock window as Larmond is once more beaten to the ground and savagely kicked.

The video shows a co-attacker hoist a black plastic tea urn with two hands and twice bring it crashing down on Larmond’s back; Larmond gets to his feet once more and lurches to the door before guards open it and let him reel out.

Wilson accepts a “low five” from another inmate before the video playback ends.

Giancaterino said Larmond’s conversion efforts had started off friendly.

But, as time went on, Larmond told Wilson “he was going to kill him in his cell unless he converted,” Giancaterino said.

Then he threatened Wilson’s family.

“That was essentially the last straw,” the defence lawyer said.

Members of the intelligence community interviewed Wilson and offered to place him in protective custody, Giancaterino said. Wilson declined because Larmond had been moved away himself.

And in any event, Wilson was thrown in “the hole” for a month and half for his role in the melee.

Larmond was ultimately placed in protective custody.

Defence investigators also learned Larmond had approached a Muslim inmate about becoming a “solider of Islam,” the court heard.

Giancaterino asked for a 90-day jail sentence that would run parallel to the remainder of Wilson’s current sentence for aggravated assault. He’s supposed to be released in October.

But Crown prosecutor Jason Nicol asked for a consecutive sentence of 15 to 18 months in jail for the “vicious, two-on-one attack.”

“He gives a low five — a little ‘way to go’ to a prisoner afterwards,” Nicol noted. “That’s not self-defence. That’s gloating: ‘We just tuned this guy up.’”

Judge Heather Perkins-McVey will sentence Wilson next month.

Wilson’s co-accused, Michael Clarke, has a weeklong trial set for 2016.

Larmond was arrested at the Montreal airport on Jan. 9. His twin brother, Ashton, was arrested the same day. Carlos was charged with attempting to leave Canada to commit a terror offence, among other charges. Ashton is also charged with terrorism-related offences.