Murder witness claims life threatened
A murder witness says she was told her life was in danger if she testified in the killing of Mohamad Ibrahim at the River Cree Casino in 2008.
"A guy came up to me and said there was a hit out on me, so if I testified, those were my consequences," Munira Omar told the CBC Tuesday.
Omar is a Crown witness in the trial of Adam Michael Brown, 23, and Alexander Reid, 22.
Both men are charged with second degree murder.
Omar said shortly after arriving at the bar on Aug. 30 to celebrate a friend’s birthday, a fight broke out in the lounge of the casino.
Surveillance video from the River Cree Casino obtained by the CBC shows the fight starting shortly before the shooting.
Omar joined several other people when they left the lounge to smoke outside.
She was in the parking lot when gunfire erupted. Ibrahim was shot in the back of the head. Omar was shot in the hip.
At first she didn’t realize she had been hit, she told the court.
"I happened to touch my pelvis and I saw the blood on my hands and I was like, I think I got shot, you guys."
The bullet remains inside Omar's right hip giving her trouble walking.
Omar testified she didn't see the faces of the men who shot her.
In court Tuesday, she said she was too scared to look in the eyes of those men accused of shooting her and killing Ibrahim.
Outside the courthouse, she told the CBC she is worried for her life.
After she learned she was to be a witness in the case, a man approached her in a bar, she said. He told her that her life was in danger if she said.
"People were telling me he's crazy, don't listen to him," she said. "But something like that, even if there isn't any truth to it, you're gonna take it seriously."
She is still paranoid and afraid to go out in public, she said.
"It kind of torments you, you know. I feel like I can't go out and have a good time without constantly looking over your shoulder."
The trial is scheduled to run two weeks.
Omar said she has not told police or court officials of the man who threatened her.