Trial Continues for Suspect in Afzaal Family Terroir Attack, Accused Pleads Not Guilty


On Wednesday, another shared statement of facts echoed through the courtroom during the continuing trial of Nathaniel Veltman, a 22-year-old currently facing charges. He stands accused of four counts of first-degree murder and an individual count of attempted murder, each charge firmly rooted in terrorism.

The prosecution, represented by Crown Attorney Jennifer Moser, delved into the mutual agreement regarding the cause of death for each member of the ill-fated Afzaal family. Talat Afzaal, a grandmother of 74 years, her son Salman, aged 46, his wife Madiha, 44, and their daughter Yumnah, a mere 15 years old, all endured ‘blunt force injuries’.

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Evidence suggests Talat Afzaal, tragically, may have died on impact exhibiting fractures and signs of internal bleeding. Salman and Madiha also sustained fractures and internal bleeding, with the court previously informed of their deaths in the hospital. Yumnah, the teenage casualty in this ordeal, sustained injuries primarily to her torso. Like her parents, she too bore fractures and internal bleeding and was declared dead in a hospital, as heard by the jury in previous testimonies.

Moser revealed that ‘multiple trauma’ injuries was the official cause of death for all four victims. The fateful event transpired on the evening of June 6, 2021. The Afzaal family, out for a casual evening walk, was waiting to traverse the intersection of Hyde Park Rd. and South Carriage Rd. in London, when a pickup truck maliciously plowed into them.

Earlier in the trial, an agreed statement of facts revealed Veltman’s admission to being the driver of the lethal truck. However, Veltman, through his legal counsel, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

With critical legal matters pending discussion between attorneys, Justice Renee Pomerance adjourned the proceedings on Wednesday at noon. The trial is set to recommence on Thursday morning.