Career criminal who struck Asian student with a pole in Vancouver walks free after bail

The man accused of violently attacking a 19-year-old Asian woman in downtown Vancouver late last month is now out of jail after being granted bail.

Mohammed Majidpour, 35, allegedly struck the victim’s head with a pole while she was walking near Dunsmuir and Cambie Streets at around 9:50 a.m. on Sept. 27. He also allegedly yelled anti-Asian slurs before fleeing the scene.

A Canada-wide manhunt commenced after Majidpour was identified. He was reportedly arrested the following day.

Majidpour has been charged with assault with a weapon in connection with the incident. Records show he has had over 30 convictions dating back to August 2015, which include cases of assault, assault with a weapon and making threats, as per Global News.

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Just last year, Majidpour was charged with criminal harassment after allegedly stalking a woman named Jamie Coutts in the city’s Chinatown area. However, after pleading guilty to unrelated counts, his charge was stayed and he was only given a year of probation.

Still, Majidpour reportedly violated his probation multiple times before the Sept. 27 attack. Aside from his assault charge, he appeared in Downtown Community Court for failure to report.

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Majidpour, however, walks free once again after the judge granted him bail and released him on several conditions this week. Those conditions include avoiding contact with the victim, avoiding possession of any weapon and reporting to a bail supervisor and certain support workers.

Kash Heed, former Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia, voiced his disappointment at the decision. He believes Majidpour will re-offend.

“If you want to look at a frustrating failure of our justice system in British Columbia and how it’s administered, this is a prime case,” Heed told CTV News. “The unfortunate part is someone else will become a victim of his violent nature, and that’s a sad part of this.”

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Majidpour is set to return to court on Nov. 15.

 

Featured Image via Vancouver Police Department

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