Accused in fatal anti-Islamic attack to return to court in two weeks

The London man accused of deliberately running down a Muslim family with his truck, killing four and injuring one, has had his case put over for another two weeks.

Nathaniel Veltman made his ninth court appearance at the London courthouse on Wednesday. He appeared by video from the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre where he has been held since his June arrest. The hearing was again brief, lasting just over two minutes. A representative for the 20-year-old’s lawyer Christopher Hicks stated the defence was still awaiting additional disclosure.

“We are hoping in the next two weeks we will be able to receive and review further disclosure and hopefully have some discussion with the Crown,” defence representative Sehee Ahn told the court.

The Crown confirmed that three waves of disclosure – evidence gathered by prosecutors and police – have been sent to the defence. A fourth wave is expected to be passed along.

Veltman, who was wearing orange jail-issued attire and a blue face mask, only spoke to identify himself.

The case was put over until October 20.

Veltman is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the June 6 hit-and-run, which prosecutors alleged constitutes an act of terrorism.

Salman Afzaal, 46, his wife Madiha Salman, 44, their 15-year-old daughter Yumna Afzaal and 9-year-old son Fayez Salman, and Salman Afzaal’s 74-year-old mother Talat Afzaal were out for an evening walk when a pickup truck mounted the curb at Hyde Park and South Carriage roads and hit them before speeding off. Fayez Salman was the lone survivor of the attack.

Veltman was arrested shortly after the family was struck, roughly seven kilometers from the collision scene. London police have said there is evidence the attack was a planned, premeditated act motivated by hate.

There is a publication ban on the evidence presented in the case.

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