EDMONTON — An Iranian refugee who admitted he hates Muslims has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for slashing a dentist with broken glass.

Mohammadreza Gholamrezazdehshirazi, 46, also pleaded guilty to uttering death threats stemming from the Oct. 23, 2007, attack on Dr. Ali Fathi-Afshar.

When he was arrested at his home, he expressed a strong hatred towards Muslims, saying he assumed the dentist was Muslim due to his name.

Court heard the officer asked why and Gholamrezazdehshirazi replied: “Because they took my land in my country.”

At the time of the slashing, police said Gholamrezazdehshirazi had also bitten a female dental assistant on the arm.

The Crown is seeking a four-year prison term while the defence wants a provincial jail sentence of under two years.

However, Gholamrezazdehshirazi told court he should be let out now after serving eight months of pre-trial custody.

“I believe I am punished enough in prison,” he said Tuesday. “I suffer too much. I think I will have a heart attack. I am not a criminal.”

According to agreed facts, Gholamrezazdehshirazi showed up at the office of Fathi-Afshar in an “agitated state” and demanded to see the dentist. (MORE)


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