After trying to blame ‘Islamophobia’ for the woman’s savage beating death, an Iraqi Muslim immigrant who beat his wife to death in their El Cajon home after she asked for a divorce was sentenced today to 26 years to life in prison. Kassim Alhimidi, 50, told Judge William McGrath that he would rather be sentenced to death and have his remains sent to Iraq. “I am not guilty,” the defendant told the judge via an Arabic translator.
ABC 10News (Prompted by domestic terror-linked Muslim ‘rights’ group CAIR and a massive Twitter/Facebook campaign), police at first thought the killing of 32-year-old Shaima Alawadi, a mother of five, might be an ‘Islamophobic’ hate crime. A photocopied note found near the victim said: “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.”
Evidence showed that Alhimidi hit his wife in the head with a blunt object at least six times as she sat in front of a computer. Alhimidi maintained that he was out for a drive on March 21, 2012, when his wife was killed. Video recovered by investigators, however, showed his van near the family home on Skyview Drive.
Daughter Fatima, then 17, told police she was upstairs when she heard a “squeal,” then later what sounded like a broken plate downstairs around 11 a.m. the day her mother was attacked. A pane from a sliding glass door had been broken from the inside.
The couple’s oldest son, Mohammed, who had screamed out profanities when the verdict of first-degree murder was announced two months ago, said “I still wake up at night and I cry just thinking about her and break down even more knowing that man I looked up to all my life was the reason why she’s gone.”
While Mohammed was making his statement, Alhimidi started shouting that he was innocent. The judge tried to quiet him, but eventually ordered deputies to get him out of the courtroom. This comes after a brawl erupted in the courtroom during Alhimidi’s conviction.