Hasan had ‘dif­fi­culty ac­cept­ing’ breakup: court pa­per

Hamil­ton man wait­ing re­turn from Texas is charged with killing ex-girl­friend

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - PAOLA LORIGGIO

A Hamil­ton man ar­rested in the U.S. in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of his ex-girl­friend in Kitch­ener con­tacted her re­peat­edly be­fore her death de­spite a court or­der that pro­hib­ited him from com­mu­ni­cat­ing with her, court doc­u­ments al­lege.

Newly un­sealed U.S. court doc­u­ments al­lege Ager Hasan “had dif­fi­culty ac­cept­ing” the end of his year­long re­la­tion­ship with 22-year-old Melinda Vasil­ije and con­tin­ued to reach out to her by text mes­sage and so­cial me­dia.

The doc­u­ments, which were filed in May as part of an ap­pli­ca­tion for Hasan’s ar­rest and made pub­lic last week, of­fer new in­sight into what po­lice be­lieve hap­pened in the hours, days and weeks lead­ing up to Vasil­ije’s death. The al­le­ga­tions have not been proven in court.

In early April, Hasan al­legedly broke into Vasil­ije’s Kitch­ener home in an at­tempt to con­tact her, at­tack­ing her room­mate and the room­mate’s brother in the process, the doc­u­ments say.

He was charged with break and en­ter and two counts of as­sault and re­leased on bail, with the con­di­tions that he stay out of Water­loo Re­gion and re­frain from com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Vasil­ije di­rectly or in­di­rectly, the doc­u­ments show. He was also barred from own­ing any weapons.

Vasil­ije’s cell­phone, how­ever, shows Hasan was con­tin­u­ally reach­ing out, though she did not re­port it to po­lice, the doc­u­ments al­lege.

Later that month, the pair ar­ranged to meet up to dis­cuss their breakup, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments. Vasil­ije “was ner­vous about Hasan com­ing to the res­i­dence” and asked a friend to come over as well as her room­mate, they say.

But the two other women left to go to a night­club with Vasil­ije’s sis­ter be­fore Hasan ar­rived, the doc­u­ments say. When they re­turned around 12:30 a.m., they heard Vasil­ije in her bed­room with some­one.

Around 1:45 a.m., the room­mate and friend de­cided to go to Burger King and texted Vasil­ije to ask if she wanted any food, the doc­u­ments say. She de­clined, say­ing that “he” was just about to leave.

The two women got back an hour later and found Vasil­ije “ly­ing on the floor of the res­i­dence, cov­ered in blood with a knife ly­ing nearby,” and mul­ti­ple stab wounds to her neck and chest, the doc­u­ments say.

Hasan, mean­while, was gone, the doc­u­ments say. Records at the bor­der show he crossed the Peace Bridge into the U.S. just be­fore 6 a.m.

Po­lice later is­sued a Canada-wide ar­rest war­rant for him.

A per­son be­lieved to be Hasan posted a long doc­u­ment on Red­dit a few days later that con­tained al­leged de­tails about the in­ci­dent and claimed he was act­ing in self-de­fence, the doc­u­ments say.

“He posted mul­ti­ple pho­tos of Hasan and Vasil­ije as well as ex­cerpts of a text con­ver­sa­tion be­tween them on the night of the mur­der,” they say. “The text con­ver­sa­tion was con­sis­tent with mes­sages re­cov­ered from Vasil­ije’s phone.”

Hasan was ar­rested by the United States Se­cret Ser­vice ear­lier this month while they were con­duct­ing a traf­fic stop in San An­to­nio, Texas, as part of a coun­ter­feit cur­rency in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Po­lice are now work­ing to get Hasan ex­tra­dited back to Canada to face charges in­clud­ing sec­ond-de­gree mur­der.

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Ager Hasan and Melinda Vasil­ije

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