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Man asks judge to keep him in custody

By Shurtz, Delon on March 28, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

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Most people can’t wait to get released from custody after they’ve been arrested, but not Abdi Dahir.

During a brief hearing Friday in Lethbridge provincial court, Dahir, who appeared by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre, made it clear he wanted to remain in custody, and complained if he was let out there was nowhere for him to go and he would just get into trouble again.

“I don’t know what the right decision is,” he told the judge, then added letting him out would not help him.

Dahir said if he goes to the shelter he’ll cause problems, and if he tries to go somewhere else he’ll just get kicked out. And now he can’t stay at the jail.

The accused is charged with assault, threats to cause death, mischief and failing to comply with conditions of a probation order. He is currently self-represented, and during a hearing in January a judge pleaded not guilty on his behalf.

Dahir’s next court hearing is set for June 5.

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