What the fawk is wrong with people?
He tried to roll his troubles away.
But ex-con Hassan Malik was sentenced to 20 years prison today for the suitcase he abandoned on an East Harlem street just before Christmas in 2010 — for admittedly murdering the woman stuffed inside of it.
“I apologize to the family of Betty Williams, for what happened,” Malik, 57, sobbed as he was sentenced by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon.
“That’s not me, and it hurts,” he cried.
Malik had admittedly bludgeoned Williams, 28, with a frying pan and strangled her with a cord in his Pleasant Avenue apartment, telling cops later that he’d fought with her after he caught her trying to steal his money.
He then stuffed the woman, fully clothed, into a suitcase, rolled her to East 114th Street, and left her there.
A neighborhood resident opened the abandoned suitcase to peek inside — and Williams’ leg popped out, cops said.
“He’s very distraught. He’s very upset. I don’t know where this came from,” said defense lawyer Kevin Canfield, describing his client as a Navy ‘Nam vet and former semi-pro basketball player from Florida.
“He’s actually a really nice guy.”
It was sidewalk surveillance video that did Williams in — images of Malik’s co-defendant buying the suitcase, and more images of the large, hunched Malik wheeling it down the sidewalk.
The co-defendant — who happened to be in the room during the murder — is charged with tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution. His name is being withheld by The Post because he cooperated with the authorities.
“I’m the one dragging the bag,” Malik finally admitted to cops, according to his confession.
SMH at the way he keeps trying to say this isht ain’t in his character. Almost makes us wonder how many suitcases he left out on the streets. Hope this guy gets what is coming to him, in jail or in hell.
Source Photo Credit: Steven Hirsch