Alleged victim leaves country before October trial date
Conviction could have resulted in life sentence
By Dave Andrusko
The alleged victim of a brutal 2015 attack while she was pregnant has left the country, with the result that an El Paso County, Colorado, judge has dismissed the case against Ahmed Sameer Almesbahi.
A trial had been scheduled to begin October 10.
According to reporter Lance Benzel, the dismissal came nearly a year after the unidentified woman, who is from Kazakhstan, alleged that in 2015 Almesbahi
threw her against a wall and inserted a skewer, a corkscrew, a fork and other kitchen implements in her vagina to abort her fetus.
The woman said she expelled the fetus the next day in a bathroom at The Citadel mall in Colorado Springs and used her cellphone to document the loss.
According to Benzel, why the woman departed is shrouded in mystery: “The order by 4th Judicial District Judge Deborah Grohs and all associated legal motions are restricted from public access.”
Grohs ordered Almesbahi’s passport be returned to the former University of Colorado at Colorado Springs graduate student and released his bond.
Almesbahi “was charged with 11 counts, including kidnapping, sexual assault, assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful termination of pregnancy,” Benzel reported. Had he been convicted, he could have received the equivalent of a life sentence,
His defense was “the woman could have injured herself or have suffered a miscarriage.”
The defense team also maintained that the woman changed her story multiple times. Authorities said she had wavered on whether to cooperate with them, but described her conduct “as consistent with domestic abuse.”
In prior stories, police described the victim as “very hesitant to participate at times during this investigation because of fear of getting Mr. Almesbahi into trouble.”
Almesbahi “turned violent in August 2015,” Benzel reported, “after she became pregnant with a son that he described as Haram, ‘or unlawful in the eyes of God,’ according to an arrest affidavit.” Authorities said the victim told them that Almesbahi allegedly told her that “his father would kill him unless we got rid of the pregnancy.”
Almesbahi had also been charged with witness intimidation. He allegedly threatened the victim “to stay away from court after he was cited for domestic violence in 2015,” Benzel reported in an October 2016 story. “The charges in that case were ultimately dismissed.”