Over the past few months I've written a couple of pieces about a 20 year old drug dealer named Richard Steele.
He was at the scene the day Jane Creba was shot to death on Yonge Street and since then has tried to weasel his way out of testifying. It was the usual case of "I didn't see nothin", which has become fashionable on the streets of Toronto.
But I'm happy to report that Steele will have to testify in the Creba case. From the outset he denied having any involvement but police widely believe he was the intended target on that day.
Yesterday Richy boy got his ass nailed to the wall in a Toronto court room when wire taps revealed he was indeed on the scene, in fact he's heard saying he was standing right beside Creba.
It means Steele will have to testify and I only wish I could have been in the courtroom yesterday to see him squirm when Justice Ian Nordheimer handed down his decision.
Steele pleaded for his life yelling at the judge "I hope you're happy. You just killed me, that's what you did - this is justice at its best."
Like we're all supposed to feel sorry for this thug who back in January pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to traffic crack cocaine, conspiracy to traffic handguns and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
He's bad news and it's believed he knows a lot more than he's letting on and he owes it to the Creba family to tell them what he knows so her killers can be brought to justice.
Sometimes you have to wonder where people like this come from, but in this case you don't have to look far.
His mother is Valerie Steele, former head of the Jamaican Canadian Association, the same Valerie Steele who could lose her job as an adjudicator with the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal because she admittedly broke a few rules, and she's currently under suspension.
Yesterday while leaving the court room young Richard looked at the Crown Prosecutor and said "you piece of shit, I hope you're happy."
And what did mom say "Richard, don't lose yourself that's what they want."
That's what "they" want Valerie? Who, the people who want to get to the bottom of how an innocent 15 year old girl was shot to death on a crowded street?
Despite wire taps, despite prior convictions and despite the fact he was on the scene and he has a couple of bullet wounds, mom is still hanging in there attempting to protect her son from the big bad hand of the law.
Mom still positions things like her gun totin', drug dealin' son is a victim.
Valerie Steele's reaction to her son's ignorance in a court of law tells you all you need to know about how an asshole becomes an asshole.
And unfortunately our streets are crawling with them