Stolen van driver gets life sentence for revenge killing

It took 30 minutes for Ayubulo Mohammad-Daud to exact deadly revenge against Steven Doyle for beating him and stealing his watch in a Regent Park street fight by running him over in a stolen van.

And it only took a jury under three hours to reject the 23-year-old’s ridiculous testimony that this planned, deliberate killing was an accident on Aug. 15, 2016.

Instead, the jury found the smirking assassin guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the killing of the 27-year-old father of two young children. The verdict locked up Mohammad-Daud for a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Steven Doyle, 27, a father of two, was deliberately run down and killed by a driver in a stolen van on George St. on Aug. 15, 2016. (Toronto Police handout)

The jury concluded the remorseless killer drove back to his losing fight scene on George St. and swerved onto the sidewalk, striking Doyle and leaving him dead as he drove away.

“This young man made a decision and in less than 10 seconds, my life was changed forever,” Doyle’s heartbroken father, Russell Stuffels, said in his victim impact statement an hour after the jury’s verdict.

“I feel like this sadness will never go away,” he stated.

“Sometimes I hear a certain song and it all comes back, or sometimes the memories of me putting him to bed when he was a baby by singing or playing my guitar to him would just flood my thoughts,” Stuffels added.

Doyle died from blunt force trauma to his head after he was hit by a vehicle travelling about 50 km/h, which then struck a pole before driving off along Gerrard St. E., court heard.

When the murderer was arrested nine days later, he had cut his hair and dyed his eyebrows, court heard.

Seventeen days before this murder, Mohammad-Daud drove another stolen vehicle and struck two Mississauga construction workers who tried to stop him after he swiped some credit cards from a work-site.

One worker left wrist was fractured while the other suffered a dislocated collarbone, three broken ribs and a scratch on his left shin.

Mohammad-Daud pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and received a six-year prison sentence earlier this year for that incident.

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies