Accused killer of cabbie faces judge

Big crowd of family and fellow cab drivers at Stamford court for today's murder arraignment for Shota Mekoshvili in stabbing death of Mohamed Kamal, Aug. 29, 2014. (WTNH / Kent Pierce)

STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A man from the nation of Georgia is in a Stamford courtroom to be arraigned for the stabbing death of a taxt driver. There are many people outside court demanding to see justice done.

Sign after sign, person after person, made it very clear what they want the punishment to be for 29-year-old Georgian immigrant Shota Mekoshvili.

“I want to see him behind bars for life,” said Mohammed Lekut Ali, the nephew of stabbing victim 47-year-old Mohamed Kamal.

Stamford police say Mekoshvili got in the taxi driven by Kamal, told him to drive to an empty property in the woods near the Merritt Parkway, then robbed Kamal and stabbed him 15 to 20 times. Fellow taxi drivers joined Kamal’s relatives in calling for justice, and for changes to make drivers safer.

Mohamed Kamal and his son.
Mohamed Kamal and his son.

“You never know what’s going to happen,” taxi driver Abdel Hafid said. “At least we need some cameras or GPS to let the dispatcher know where we are and who we pick up.”

It was Kamal’s youngest relatives who had the most to say about the taxi driver who came from Bangladesh to make a better life for his family.

“He kept on helping and helping and now he’s gone,” said Kamal’s 10 year-old niece Nayeema Sattar. “No one will ever do this ever again.”

“He loved his son so much,” said Kamal’s 12 year-old niece Natalia Letona. “He was really nice to everybody and he didn’t get to see his son grow up.”

With Kamal’s 3 year-old son in his arms, Kamal’s brother-in-law Mohamed Rashid pointed to the boy and said in broken English: “He lost a dad. No parole, no parole, whole life in jail.”

“Obviously this is a tragedy, and I sensed an appropriate sense of remorse but also a sense of optimism that things will turn out OK for him,” said Mekoshvilli’s lawyer.

Mekoshvili was held on a $1 million bond.

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