Jury in longboarder murder trial hears from witnesses
Witness says she heard 'a crunching sound' after cab hit Ralph Bissonnette
Adib Ibrahim, 47, is accused of deliberately running down Ralph Bissonnette, 28, who was riding his longboard on King Street East on May 14, 2012. Ibahrim has pleaded not guilty.
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In his opening remarks to the jury September 22, Crown attorney Hank Goody said surveillance footage will show that Ibrahim and Bissonnette exchanged words before Bissonnette was killed.
According to Goody, Bissonnette was straddling the curb lane and the passing lane when Abrahim made an "abrupt and sharp swerve" towards him.
"I heard someone say loudly three times, 'Ow, ow, ow.' Then I heard a crunching sound like something was broken."
Bissonnette was thrown to the curb and his board snapped in two. He was rushed to hospital after the collision, but was pronounced dead on arrival.
He said he checked Bisonnette's pulse before turning to Ibrahim and asking if he was okay.
"He gestured to the victim and said, 'Look what happened, look what I've done,'" Brooks said. "He seemed very distraught."
Goody said Ibahrim had no reason to swerve other than to target Bissonnette.
With files from Michelle Cheung