Yellowknife man gets four years for killing cabbie, father gets six months for helping him

Ahmed Mahamud Ali's taxi licence photo courtesy of Shirley McGrath

A Yellowknife man will serve just over two more years in custody after he admitted he chased down a Yellowknife cab driver in November 2018 and beat him to death.

20-year-old Elias Schiller was sentenced to four years in jail in Supreme Court In Yellowknife Tuesday, after he had earlier pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

He has been in custody since he killed 73-year-old City Cab driver Ahmed Mahamud Ali following an argument.

His father, 51-year-old James Schiller was sentenced to six months – which amounted to time served – for his attempt to help his son get away with the crime.

The elder Schiller drove Ali to the hospital in the back seat of his own cab

James Schiller then walked away without telling anyone in the hospital that a man needed help in the parking lot.

As he walked home he used a payphone, disguised his voice, and told hospital staff about Ali who lay dead or dying in his taxi

James Schiller then went home and shovelled away the blood from the crime scene.

He was convicted of being an accessory to aggravated assault which was not his first criminal conviction.

It was his son’s first criminal conviction.

That and his age – 18 at the time – led the judge to the four year sentence – two years less than the Crown prosecutor had asked for.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.