A young University of British Columbia student, Mary Hale (photo right) from Oregon had her throat cut and came close to being beheaded in her dorm room by Thamer Almestadi, an 18-year-old Muslim from Saudi Arabia who was enrolled in Vantage College, a special program for first-year international students.
CTV News (h/t MadWorldNews) Witnesses said they were studying in the dorms when they heard screaming, and rushed over to find the victim, Mary Hale, being held with a knife to her throat. They rushed over to discover Almestadi choking Hale before pulling a knife out and holding it to her throat. Unable to help Hale themselves, several female students ran to get help — and they certainly found it.
Adam Casey, 18, was on his way to check his mail when he heard about the attack from the frantic witnesses and wasted no time running to Hale’s aid. The instant that Casey saw Almestadi, who had already begun to cut Hale’s throat, his martial arts training kicked in. Casey pounced on the Saudi student and placed him in a chokehold.
Said Casey, “I tried to get his hands off her neck that he was holding pretty tight, so I resorted to actually going after him,” said Casey. “He was pretty determined. He wasn’t letting go easily.”
While Casey was attempting to subdue Almestadi, fellow student Luca Berg heard the commotion and and joined Casey in wrestling Almestadi away from his victim, forcing him to drop the knife in the process.
On Wednesday, Almestadi was charged with 3 counts, including attempted murder. He remains in police custody as he awaits a preliminary hearing. Authorities have admitted that while student visa applicants like Almestadi can be subjected to criminal records checks, they’re not mandatory
UBC confirmed it has banned Almestadi from returning to campus. Immigration Minister John McCallum told CTV News that while applicants for student visas can be subject to criminal record checks, they’re not mandatory. “It’s up to the discretion of the immigration officer. If they want to ask for a police check with regard to a particular student, they have the right to do so,” McCallum said.
In other words, Canada is allowing potential terrorists, some who may even have a history of terror-related offenses or ties, to enter on student visas.
Hale was recently released from the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.