CALGARY - The city man charged with attempting to murder his ex-wife on the lawn of their once-shared home said Friday the shots he fired were blanks.
And Nihad (Nicholas) Ibrahim testified he had no intention of seriously harming Barbara Brookbank and was simply trying to scare her.
Ibrahim said he went to the home in the city’s northeast early in the morning of Aug. 20, 2012, to pick up some work-related documents.
But when Brookbank, whom he didn’t expect to still be in the home, began to yell at him and ran outside, he decided to scare her.
He told defence counsel Mitch Stephensen he grabbed a handgun he kept stored in his office desk and followed the woman outside.
“She was yelling ‘Nicholas, Nicholas,’ I told her to shut up, I couldn’t shut her up,” said Ibrahim, who was under court order not to attend the residence.
After getting the gun he shot three times towards the grass where Brookbank had slipped and fell.
“I just tried to scare her, I didn’t try to hurt her,” he said,
“I never knew that blanks would hurt, otherwise I never would have used it.”
Ibrahim, 53, faces a dozen charges, including attempted murder.
Before the trial began he pleaded guilty to six of the lesser allegations, including aggravated assault, but maintained his innocence on the attempted murder.
It’s the Crown’s theory Brookbank was struck twice with real bullets during the altercation.
His testimony continues Monday.
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