Preliminary inquiry gets underway in Airdrie vehicle fire case

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A preliminary hearing got underway Oct. 31 for three men charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man whose body was found northwest of Airdrie last year.

Brothers Theo and Julius Wheyee, as well as Saad Osman, all of Calgary, are charged in the murder of 33-year-old Mohammed Saqib, also of Calgary.

Saquib’s remains were found burnt inside his vehicle, a white Audi A6, in a ravine northwest of Airdrie on Township Road 280 and Range Road 283 at approximately 7 a.m. Sept. 18, 2015.

An autopsy helped to determine the identification of the victim.

Daniel England, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General spokesperson, said there is a publication ban on the preliminary hearing.

The hearing was adjourned Nov. 7 and a preliminary continuation has been set for Nov. 30 in Calgary.

– with files from Christina Waldner and Joel Dryden

Charges pending

Charges are pending against a man who allegedly stole a Sony camera lens from London Drugs on Main Street in Airdrie at approximately 9:30 a.m. Oct. 17.

According to Airdrie RCMP Constable Jennifer Weedmark, the man was captured on video surveillance putting the lens in his coat and leaving the store without paying for it.

She declined to release the name of the man because charges had not been formally laid as of press time.

He is described as Caucasian with short blonde hair and a neck tattoo. He is believed to be in his 20s.

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