Toronto Sun

Saturday, September 28, 2002

Thrill-kill suspects cool in court

By BRODIE FENLON, TORONTO SUN

BRAMPTON -- Two teens charged in a vicious knife attack on a Mississauga cabbie made a brief court appearance yesterday.

The girls, ages 16 and 17, showed little emotion as they entered the prisoner's box in handcuffs. They barely acknowledged their parents, one of whom wiped away tears with a tissue.

The pair, who are charged as young offenders and can't be identified, will remain behind bars until a bail hearing Wednesday on charges of attempted murder and weapons offences.

Mahd Hawari, 33, required three dozen stitches to close wounds to his face and chest after two teens allegedly tried to slash his throat Tuesday night. Police described the attack as an attempted "thrill kill."

Hawari overpowered his attackers and escaped in his cab. Two teens were found shortly afterwards, hiding in Mississauga's Birchwood Park.

Students at R.H. King Academy in Scarborough who know the accused described them as outcasts.

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