A 29-year-old Vancouver man has been handed four months of house arrest as part of an 18-month conditional sentence after being found guilty of a bizarre attack on the Grouse Grind last summer.
[The "Grouse Grind" is a heavily-traveled, steep, and famously challenging public trail that leads up the side of Grouse Mountain]
...[Zamanshah Mansouri], an Afghan refugee, was sentenced ...after being found guilty of the assault following a trial this summer.
In an apparently racially motivated attack, Mansouri roughed up a woman who was hiking up the Grind on April 24, 2005 with her sister and boyfriend. Mansouri apparently targeted the group, who were all of Asian descent, because he didn't like Asians.
The woman who was in the lead on the hike said she came across Mansouri, a total stranger to her, blocking the middle of the Grind and telling her to get off the trail. She said he then swung his pack at her and jumped on her. The two struggled on the ground and he tried to push her over an embankment. She said Mansouri then picked up a large rock and hurled it towards her boyfriend.
Mansouri's defence lawyer Mobina Jaffer detailed the horrific conditions of his early life in Afghanistan and Russia, including being sent to live in a concentration camp for two years and losing contact with his family for 13 years.
He was later reunited with them in Canada through the efforts of the Red Cross. While under house arrest, Mansouri was ordered not be outside his house except for work, to visit his mother or go to the mosque.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Verdict in bizarre BC mountain nightmare
The North Shore News, a free weekly paper serving the cozy community of North Vancouver, British Columbia, a city perched in the shadows of beautiful Grouse Mountain, puts on the kid gloves to discuss the sick case of an Afghan refugee who, according to the article, seems to have tried to kill 3 hikers simply because they were asian: