Armed Man Has Little Recollection of Weapons, Ammo

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A Toronto man who was found with a loaded rifle after a horrific crash on Highway 3 has testified that he doesn't remember how he came into possession of the weapon and ammunition.

On April 26, 2017,  emergency crews were called to a head-on crash on Highway 3 near Sexton Side Rd. in Tecumseh and found 29-year-old Tariq Elamin in the passenger seat of a Lexus with a loaded rifle in his pant leg and wearing a mask.

But he testified he doesn't remember how he ended up with the rifle or the mask.

He also told the court he didn't know where he was going.

"Did you intentionally carry any firearm, ammunition or mask that day?" asked defence lawyer Pat Ducharme.

"No," replied Elamin.

Elamin testified that he remembers heating up shepherd's pie that day for breakfast and then recalls waking up in the hospital shackled to the bed.

Ducharme asked Elamin whether he was questioned by police if he was involved in terrorist activities.  Elamin said that detectives asked him if this was 'politically motivated' but Elamin doesn't recall his answer.

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Tariq Elamin, 28, walks out of Ontario court in Windsor. November 7, 2018 (Photo by AM800's Teresinha Medeiros)

But the crown contends that type of weapon, a 22-calibre rifle, isn't easily accessible and Elamin agreed.

"Are you involved or hang around with people who have access to weapons?" asked Assistant Crown Eric Costaris and Elamin replied no.

"How'd you come into possession of that type of gun, ammunition and a mask designed to conceal your identity?" asked Costaris.

"After 2.5 years, I've been trying to figure that out," said Elamin. 

According to hospital records, Elamin also had cocaine, alcohol and marijuana in his system and testified he doesn't remember smoking or doing drugs.

He testified that three days prior to the crash, he was the victim of an assault and blow to his head.

The co-accused in the case and the suspect driving the Lexus, Satvir Singh pleaded guilty and was sentenced to jail.  

Singh was found with a bandolier or sash with 25 shotgun shells around his chest.