Toronto Islamist Found Guilty of Terror Charges

Toronto Islamist Found Guilty of Terror Charges

It took a jury an hour and a half to decide a Toronto woman was guilty of terrorism and wanting to join ISIS.

Rehab Dughmosh walked into a Scarborough Canadian Tire in 2017 wrapped in an ISIS banner and began swinging a golf club and knife around, attacking customers and employees, saying she was doing it for the terrorist group.

She also brought a bow and went to buy arrows.

A year prior, Dughmosh left Canada for Syria to join ISIS, live with them, and help them in their "armed and violent struggle." Turkish authorities turned her away, back to Pearson, when they were alerted about her travel.

"There is no mandatory minimum sentence on these offences. The maximum sentence for the assault charges is 14 years and the maximum sentence for the travel to Syria to join ISIS would be 10 years," explains Crown lawyer Jason Wakely.

The trial only lasted a day and Dughmosh represented herself, through an interpreter. She presented no evidence and signed an agreement statement of facts to everything the Crown was alleging. "It is unusual to have cases decided on admitted facts before a jury. It's not particularly unusual to have cases decided on admitted facts before a judge. But, it is unusual to have cases decided on admitted facts before a jury," Wakely says.

A sentencing hearing will begin on Monday. The judge may decide to order Dughmosh to undergo another mental health assessment. 

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