Iraqi Man Weeps as He Is Accused of Beating His Wife to Death

Daily Mail (London), April 1, 2014

A man on trial for murdering his wife in their California home wept in court Tuesday as prosecutors told jurors they have evidence that proves he beat the Muslim woman to death two years ago.

Defendant Kassim Alhimidi wailed during opening statements, prompting a judge to briefly halt the proceedings.

Alhimidi is accused of killing his 32-year-old wife Shaima Alawadi on March 21, 2012, in El Cajon, a San Diego suburb that is home to one of the largest enclaves of Iraqi immigrants in the U.S.

Kassim Alhimidi

Kassim Alhimidi

No weapon has been found in the brutal slaying but prosecutor Kurt Mechals claimed that other evidence proves Alawadi died at the hands of her spouse.

Alhimidi, 49, has pleaded not guilty in the case that evolved from being a suspected hate crime to one about a family that struggled while trying to straddle two cultures.

Mechals told jurors that local and federal police initially investigated the bludgeoning as a hate crime after a note was found near the body that read: ‘This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist.’

However, street camera footage and information from the couple’s eldest daughter about her parents’ troubled marriage led police to charge Alhimidi.

Lab tests found the note was a photocopy–possibly of a note found outside the family home a week earlier by one of the couple’s five children.

Detectives also found documents in Alawadi’s car indicating she planned to seek a divorce.

Alhimidi’s daughter, Fatima, who was then 17, is expected to take the stand at the trial in San Diego County Superior Court in El Cajon.

Alawadi, who wore a headscarf, was found by Fatima in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor with her body tangled in a computer cord and desk chair. She had multiple skull fractures from blunt force and died two days after the attack. A sliding glass door was shattered.

‘To this day, we still don’t know what the object was,’ Mechals told jurors.

However, a medical examiner is expected to testify that it appeared Alawadi was beaten with a tire iron.

Defense attorney Douglas Gilliland said the prosecution has no solid evidence and instead based its case on interpretations of blood stains on the floor, street camera footage tracking Alhimidi’s van, and information from the couple’s daughter, Fatima, who had been at odds with her Muslim parents over dating a Christian boy.

Gilliland said no blood or shards of glass from the shattered door were found on Alhimidi.

Gilliland pointed out that Alhimidi, who is not fluent in English, has cooperated with authorities, even returning early from Iraq, where he buried his wife. He also said Fatima has given conflicting reports, saying at first that she saw an intruder and later that she only saw her mother bleeding on the floor when she came downstairs.

Mechals described Alhimidi as a man who was distraught over his wife’s plan to leave him and had urged his children and relatives to get her to stay.

After the attack, Alhimidi went to the hospital, touched his wife as she lay unconscious in bed, and apologized to her, Mechals said. An uncle of the children who was present told authorities that Alhimidi then turned to him and said that if his wife woke up, she might try to say that he had attacked her.

‘If Shaima Alawadi did wake up, she would have said he did this to her, because he did,’ Mechals told jurors.

Gilliland countered that the uncle always disliked Alhimidi, and cultural misunderstandings have clouded the truth. The defense lawyer said Muslims often apologize to loved ones who are dying for all the things that they did or didn’t do for them in their lives. In U.S. courts, that can be seen as an admission of guilt, he said.

‘It doesn’t translate,’ Gilliland told jurors.

Prosecutors say camera footage indicates that Alhimidi might have driven a short distance from home on the day of the attack and parked his car–contradicting his story to investigators that he had gone for a drive to relax.

The footage shows a person getting out of a parked red car resembling Alhimidi’s vehicle around the corner from the home and then walking back to the vehicle an hour later.

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  • Truthseeker

    Our daily example of why multiculturalism doesn’t work. Now we can’t know whether this man was admitting his guilt or not, because we don’t know how things are done in his culture.

  • bubo

    I remember this. On Huffpo they were convinced that it was a gang of white tea partiers. I of course laughed at this and told them it would end up being a family member. I was called a racist and a bigot and banned.

    • I left HuffyPo because their readers are freakin’ insane, man. Same stuff happened to me except I didn’t get banned back a couple years ago when I was commenting there.

      • Jerrybear

        You can no longer comment on HP unless you let them access an authorized Facebook account which entails giving your personal phone number and real name. No thank you. I deleted my account after that. Really, I was just wasting my time. The commenters are devout fanatics.

        • Strider73

          A lot of newspaper and radio/TV Web sites now require Facebook to post comments. The excuse is always “civility” or “politeness,” but the real reason is political cleansing of all non-leftist opinion.

          That said, Firefox and Chrome users can get the “Mask Me” add-on which allows them to hide their actual phone numbers and e-mail addresses behind fakes.

        • The more fundamental question is this:

          Why would one want to comment at HuffPo? I no more want to do that, to try to reason with those blockheads, that I would want to give an outdoor calculus lesson on Martin Luther King Drive at midnight on a warm night.

          • Jerrybear

            Good point. I kind of had a troll account. My screen name was EndRacismNow. It generally would confuse leftists.

        • Secret Person

          It’s easy enough to make fake Facebook accounts. Get Gmail accounts to link it to. That’s what I do.

      • sbuffalonative

        Mindless PC Borg drones.

        They have a collective thought about all the problems in the world can be traced to conservatives and racists, usually both.

        Try to point out that our failing public schools are the result of ‘progressive’ liberal programs and watch their heads explode.

        • Jesse_from_Sweden

          In their eyes, conservative and racist are synonyms.

        • Lt. Greyman, NVA

          “Failing” public schools (meaning not turning out ligimate “graduates”) are failing because of low I.Q. students (black/Hiss-panic). Whites in one room schoolhouses with leaky roofs were still able to teach Caesar’s “Commentaries” or Cicero’s legal speeches, grammar, arithmatic, geography, etc. without fail. Blacks are retarded.

    • APaige

      Yes you are correct. There was also talk of having a million-person Burka march just like the million hoodie march because it was around the same time as Trayvon. The leftist media is like a large, blind baseball power hitter-a lot of swing and misses.

    • Don’t worry. Even if Alhimidi is convicted of murder, Huffpo will still have the fallback position that “white racism” and the Tea Party somehow caused him to do it, and that his murder of his wife was really a “cry for help”.

      • Jesse_from_Sweden

        oh, but it was “white racism”.
        After all, the basic cause for what happened was that their marriage was coming apart.
        And that was because of the influence of white culture, ie white imperialistic racism, on his wife, who wanted things like rights and wanted a divorce. And their daughter who was also heavily affected by western culture in wanting to date a non-muslim.

        If not for white racism pushing our imperialistic western culture upon his family this tragedy would never have happened.

        White racism is to blame, once again.

    • dmxinc

      Libs sure hate the truth.

    • Paleoconn

      On MSM, it would not surprise me one bit if the headline read ‘California man kills immigrant wife’.

  • LovelyNordicHeidi

    Mechals told jurors that local and federal police initially investigated the bludgeoning as a hate crime after a note was found near the body that read: ‘This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist.’
    ———————————————————–
    They accuse us of everything they do wrong themselves. We are allegedly responsible for everything wicked in this world, but I do not understand: if we are so wicked, then why does no non-White bother to flee the West for safety reasons?

    • JSS

      “We are allegedly responsible for everything wicked in this world, but I do not understand: if we are so wicked, then why does no one bother to flee our countries for safety reasons”?

      I was talking to a Swedish girl who was defending the Somalis who were at the time burning down Swedish cities and asked her that question. Her response was that the media was just making that stuff up. Because the media is racist. Utter cognitive dissonance. Believe every story told to you by the media about how oppressed minorities are, but when they are forced to cover minorities misbehaving then its proof the media is racist. I hope she is just particularly stupid for a swede and the brainwashing they get isn’t actually that good.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Doublethink is the act of ordinary people simultaneously accepting two mutually contradictory beliefs as correct, often in distinct social contexts. Doublethink is related to, but differs from, hypocrisy and neutrality. Somewhat related but almost the opposite is cognitive dissonance,where contradictory beliefs cause conflict in one’s mind. Doublethink is notable due to a lack of cognitive dissonance — thus the person is completely unaware of any conflict or contradiction.

      Orwell was way, way ahead of his time.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      The alleged “wickedness” of the western world is just an excuse for 3rd world incompetence. The racial foreigners refuse to take responsibility for their actions because doing so would force them to acknowledge their own intellectual and biological inferiority.

    • LHathaway

      Rumpff, I’m going there. Or somewhere similar. I need a change. I may be back. Any guesses on how long it will take for them to ban me?

  • If the muzzies had stayed where they belong, she would be alive and he would not be facing prison. Lose-lose for them and for whites who have to deal with their nonsense every day.
    Let this be a lesson to muzzie dudes who can’t deal with their women taking up Western ways. The effort to pin the murder on white terrorists is laughable, showing what an ignorant jackass the guy is. He needs extra punishment for that little cunning trick.

  • Luca

    Another interesting point in the article, the wife was 32 and the daughter was 17. The wife may have been 14 at the time of conception and the daddy (killer) was about 30.

    More joys of diversity, brought to you by the religion of peace and the immigrants’ rights idiots of America..

    • tech

      FYI, I’m pretty sure she was the child’s step-mother.

      • Luca

        Read the article again, it refers to “Fatima” as the couple’s daughter who was at odds with her parents over dating a Christian boy.

      • The article says they have five kids.

  • borogirl54

    This can be considered a case of honor killing because he was upset that this much younger wife was planning to divorce him and this affected his pride. So if he could not have her, no one could.

  • dmxinc

    Why are Iraqis in what was once one of the most beautiful places to be in America?

    This country has been given away. We lost it without firing a shot.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Mass 3rd world immigration is like mixing human feces and urine with milk and assuming it will taste better because of the additional ingredients.

  • Fathercoughlin

    Win-win.

  • It appears the woman had good reason for wanting to divorce this maniac.

  • borogirl54

    I can say one thing that I have never heard of anybody using this as a successful defense. Most jurors see Islam as a religion that oppresses women so despite the best defense lawyer than money can buy, most jurors would not hesitate to convict.

    • Jerrybear

      Not if you have a heavily Muslim jury. This killing would be justified in babaric Mohammedan countries.

  • RisingReich

    So someone says ‘win win’ I laugh and oh Lawdy it’s delete time again?
    Your criteria for what’s ‘acceptable’ on here is all over the map, and changes daily.

  • LHathaway

    “Alhimidi, 49, has pleaded not guilty in the case that evolved from being a suspected hate crime to one about a family that struggled while trying to straddle two cultures”.

    I guess if you’re a murderer, you are, in reality, just trying to straddle a complicated mindfield of two cultures.

    Before it was this complicated social ballet it was considered a hate crime.

    • If our culture is so incomprehensible and confusing to Muslims, they all need to leave immediately. I’m voting for the bottom of the ocean again.

  • dmxinc

    If we had any sort of representative government, this guy and his family would be deported immediately.

    How dare he falsely accuse the residents of his generous host nation for perpetrating his crime.

    Deport them all for any offense. Why are we being forced to put up with it?

    • Strider73

      I have long advocated that any immigrant, regardless of origin, who is convicted of a felony should immediately be declared persona non grata and deported. The only exception would be for a death sentence.

  • Greg Thomas

    Why were these people here to begin with?

  • Romulus

    More culture enrichment from the middle eastern caucasoids!

    Forgive me ladies and gents if I haven’t been particularly articulate as of late.
    I simply don’t give a crap about foreigners; neither their problems nor their culture. Even Meghan Kelley was advertising support for some haji movie concerning the brutality that they endure. So what! I supposed to care, why? Idiots believe that they can Americanize muslims and islamists if they can feminize their women.
    They would then go from one extreme to the other. Uber conservative to ultra liberal.

  • Jimbo Jones

    In Muslim culture the man is everything the woman is nothing.

    • Grantland

      A healthier evolutionary strategy than the sickness we have.

      • Jimbo Jones

        Western culture would be great were it not for the Jews.

        • Grantland

          Yes, the family team, with the warm, competent, pretty wife managing the lovely household in perfect harmony while her loving husband works his tail off to support her and his polite, intelligent, well brought-up children. It’s being White.

          • Jimbo Jones

            It beats having a bastardkid from an unwed daughter and the embarassment a homosexual son brings.

  • MBlanc46

    Iraqi immigrants. How wonderful. Thanks, George W. Bush.

    • With five kids. At least he killed his own baby-bomber. At the age of 32, she probably had a few more left in her.

      A pack of Iraqis gang-raped their neighbor woman at an apartment complex in southern Colorado Springs a year or two ago. She was badly hurt. One of the rapists had been a young informant who had worked for the US army, ratting out his own people before being resettled here. There’s nothing quite like gratitude to the people who give one a chance at a new life!

      • MBlanc46

        No wonder that it takes the likes of Saddam Hussein of Bashir al-Assad to keep them under control.

      • IstvanIN

        With five kids. At least he killed his own baby-bomber. At the age of 32, she probably had a few more left in her. Then he did us a favor.

      • LHathaway

        Is the word ‘Iraqis’ now a code-word for something else?

        I’d be performing here all week, except my comedy is too close to being true. And I may not be funny.

      • Grantland

        A rich harvest of ignoble traitor-genes.

  • There’s nothing quite like having a baby to bring a 15 year-old girl and a 31 year-old child-molester… er… “man” together!

  • Probably not. The fact that he beat her to death is pretty solid evidence that he’s a raving control-freak. That’s frequently enough to drive a woman away all on its own.

  • JackKrak

    What a horrible, boring place this must have been before all the Iraqis moved there….

    • WR_the_realist

      Every time we fight a war with a country we get lots and lots of refugees from that country. Want more Somalians? Get into a war in Somalia. Want more Nigerians? Jump into one of their wars. Want more Syrians? Go with McCain and Obama and join the jihadists in that civil war. If you want less third world immigration you’d better be against having America be world cop.

  • Jesse_from_Sweden

    The defense lawyer said Muslims often apologize to loved ones who are
    dying for all the things that they did or didn’t do for them in their
    lives. In U.S. courts, that can be seen as an admission of guilt, he
    said.

    . An uncle of the children who was present told authorities that
    Alhimidi then turned to him and said that if his wife woke up, she might
    try to say that he had attacked her.

    Doesn’t sound to me like he was trying to apologize to her, since he wasn’t even talking to her but turned to talk to another person.
    And it doesn’t exactly sound like an apology to her even if he had said it to her, more like someone trying to explain away why they might get accused of something before they are even accused.
    The “if she wakes up” is kind of telling that it isn’t an apology to a dying loved one.

  • Grantland

    They are the “clever” droids incapable of independent thought. High IQ but no soul at home.

  • Secret Person

    They bring non-whites in so that they outnumber us and then they’ll wait until, as Oprah put it, we all die.

  • [Guest]

    17 April 2014 update:

    “Iraqi man found guilty of beating his wife to death and trying to stage it as a HATE CRIME with ‘go home, terrorist’ note”

    An Iraqi immigrant has been found guilty of bludgeoning his wife to death in their suburban San Diego home, in a case that was initially considered a hate crime.

    Kassim Alhimidi, 49, shook his head from side to side as the verdict was read and chaos erupted in the courtroom as another man stood and shouted obscenities.

    Alhimidi turned to the man and yelled in Arabic. That man struggled with officers as he was removed.