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OTTAWA: Nabil Benhsaien accused of attacking five women with a hammer charged with five counts each of attempted murder

Accused in Ottawa hammer attacks convicted of flashing

Published on: March 16, 2015
Last Updated: March 16, 2015 3:16 PM EDT

Nabil Benhsaien has admitted flashing two men. But he’s facing more serious charges in hammer attacks against several women.Laurie Foster-MacLeod / Ottawa Citizen

A 37-year-old man accused of attacking five women with a hammer has been found guilty of flashing two men who tried to stop him from slashing tires.

On Oct. 1, 2013, Nabil Benhsaien pulled down his pants on Alpine Avenue and exposed his penis to two witnesses who followed him on foot after the tires on two vehicles were slashed.

One of the witnesses snapped a picture of Benhsaien as he flashed them before continuing to walk away.

Benhsaien was arrested a short time later and charged with mischief and committing an indecent act on Oct. 1, 2013.

He was released by a police officer on the scene on a promise to appear in court.

Benhsaien also faces charges in five hammer attacks dating back to 2010. He was charged with five counts each of attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, and possession of a weapon.

Police had initially charged Benhsaien with one count each after his arrest on Oct. 28, 2013.

Two days after police appealed for witnesses, they released a video of the attack and a picture of the suspect.

Three months after his arrest, Benhsaien was charged with assaulting four more women with a hammer.

Benhsaien is scheduled to appear in court next on April 21.

mhurley@ottawacitizen.com

Twitter.com/meghan_hurley

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/charges-laid-in-5-attacks-on-women-in-centretown-hintonburg-1.2490717

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