Nana Yaw -- Another Criminal Immgrant
In Ghana, various tribes appropriate the term Nana, meaning king or leader or elder, attaching it to every male's name as a prefix. Heaven knows what Yaw means in Ghana, but in nautical terms it means to swerve off course. On April 22, a 30-year-old Ghanian import to Toronto named "Nana Yaw admitted to stabbing his girlfriend, violating her body, and finishing off her 14-year-old brother in a particularly brutal fashion over Christmas 2007 while their 16-year-old brother, held for two days, was forced to watch. ... Iliada (Lois) Zois, 22, had been living with Yaw for a year but, fed up with his jealousy, possessiveness and physical abuse, was secretly planning to leave, according to an agreed statement of facts read by Crown attorney Sarah Welch. On Christmas Eve 2007, increasingly fearful of her boyfriend, she had her brothers Jamie, 14, and Thomas, 16, sleep over at her Kipling Ave. apartment in the mistaken belief their presence would keep her safe.
On Christmas morning, the brothers heard the bathroom mirror smashing as Yaw argued with Zois and struggled to take away her cellphone to view its contents. He smashed the phone on the ground and pointed a corkscrew at her. 'No, Nana, stop. Please help, he is trying to kill us,' Zois said. Yaw grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her continuously as she crawled toward the door on her knees, killing her quickly. Jamie tried to leave the apartment to get help, but Yaw stabbed him as well. A wound to the neck allowed air to escape and blood to enter his lungs. He was seriously injured but alive. Yaw then stabbed Thomas in the forearm and chest and chased him around the apartment as the teen pleaded for his life. Yaw relented. [Perhaps he was tired]
Over the next hours Yaw began drinking heavily. Jamie kept wheezing loudly from his neck wound. 'Shut the f--- up,' Yaw said and stomped on his head, killing him almost instantly. ... Shortly after, Yaw ordered Thomas to watch him engage in sexual intercourse with his dead girlfriend. 'This is how much I love your sister,' he said. Over the next day Yaw planned to conceal the bodies and [surprise] leave Canada. He packed a number of bags and, taking Thomas with him, delivered them to his cousin's house. Before leaving on Boxing Day, he put the teen in a bedroom closet, tying him to a chair and gagging his mouth.
Thomas eventually freed himself and went to check on his siblings, to see if they might be alive but found them dead. Traumatized and afraid, he returned to the cupboard for two hours before summoning the courage to walk to 23 Division police station. On Dec. 27, Yaw took a bus to Windsor, but changed his mind and returned to Toronto, turning himself in to police. ... As Thomas and family members looked on Thursday, Yaw pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and one of aggravated assault, earning him an automatic life sentence. Acting on a joint Crown-defence recommendation, the judge set a stiff 20 years before Yaw can apply for parole. ... In his victim-impact statement, Thomas said ... 'I want him to stay in jail forever until he dies. I hate him.'" (Toronto Star, April 22, 2010)
It is hard enough for people to build lives with someone from a similar background; for the poor fool contemplating a relationship with someone from a completely alien culture, it requires a total suspension of normal expectations. Transplant people from the most violently horrific places on earth, plunk them down in Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal and the wonder is that bloodbaths are relatively rare.
[This article appears in the May, 2010 issue of the CANADIAN IMMIGRATION HOTLINE. Published monthly, the CANADIAN IMMIGRATION HOTLINE is available by subscription for $30 per year. You can subscribe by sending a cheque or VISA number and expiry date to CANADIAN IMMIGRATION HOTLINE, P.O. Box 332, Rexdale, ON., M9W 5L3.]