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Accused told undercover cop he was paid for hit, court hears

Kevin Martin, QMI Agency
This surveillance shot was taken at the Greyhound bus station on Jan. 16, the day Beauchamp was murdered. (SUPPLIED)

This surveillance shot was taken at the Greyhound bus station on Jan. 16, the day Beauchamp was murdered. (SUPPLIED)


Mohamed Karim told an undercover cop posing as a crime boss he was paid $1,800 for shooting dead Calgary financier Jack Beauchamp, court heard Wednesday.

But Karim said he would’ve done the job for free as a favour to his friend, Robert Deer, and would have charged much more for a real “hit.”

And Karim said while he fatally shot Beauchamp the morning of Jan. 16, 2006 in his downtown Calgary office, the original plan wasn’t to have him killed.

“He wasn’t quite sure about it,” Karim told Sgt. Stuart Cole, who was posing as the head of a criminal organization.

“He was like, ‘ya know, I don’t want to have a murder on my ...’ he didn’t want to live with it basically,” Karim said.

But Karim said he was paid $1,800 for the shooting and Deer promised to set him up with a landscaping business, a deal which never came through.

“It’s not like a hit ‘cause I charge you, I charge you more than that to go and kill someone,” Karim told Cole in a Vancouver hotel room.

The meeting was the culmination of a sting operation in which undercover members of the Calgary police service befriended Karim and then brought him into their criminal organization.

He was told by other officers the only way the head of their team could help him resolve his legal difficulties was to tell him everything that happened.

Both Karim and Deer are charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Beauchamp, who was president of Morbank Financial Inc. and had refused to finance a real estate deal of Deer’s.

Karim said after he went to Morbank’s offices and shot Beauchamp, he was picked up by Deer in his Hummer SUV.

“I’m like ‘it’s done, man, he’s ... down and he’s got at least four or five shots in him,’” Karim said, describing crouching in the back of the SUV and telling Deer what happened.

Meanwhile, before court commenced Wednesday, Justice Beth Hughes told Karim there would be no further episodes like one on Tuesday when he refused to leave his cell.

But the accused complained he was the victim of racial prejudice from his jailers and wanted the judge to do something about it.

Karim said he has had racial slurs hurled at him and been called a “terrorist” by a Calgary Remand Centre official.

“I know I’m Muslim, I know I’m brown, I know I killed someone, but I’m still human,” he said, in a profanity-laced diatribe.

The trial continues on Thursday.