NY: Syrian wants to withdraw guilty plea in shoe beating death

Update April 29th:  He tried to get his guilty plea withdrawn but judge denies it, gets 18 years to life (yippee!), here.

Yesterday we reported on the Afghan refugee brothers (also in a NY suburban area) who used knives as a weapon of choice, while this evil Syrian beat his girlfriend to death with her shoe!

Here is the gist of the story, from Lohud (Journal News) again thanks to crime sleuth ‘pungentpeppers:’

How would you like this guy in your neighborhood?

A 66-year-old Syrian national will learn April 8 whether he can withdraw his guilty plea to beating his former girlfriend to death with her shoe in her Wesley Hills bedroom or face 18 years to life in prison.

A decision expected Tuesday has been adjourned for Riad Dib as lawyers for the prosecution and defense file legal papers with Rockland County Court Judge William Nelson.

Dib pleaded guilty in September to murdering 68-year-old Cecile Garbarino, whose battered and bloody body was found Jan. 25, 2013. Dib and Garbarino had broken off their relationship.


Dib, who made a 911 call to report Garbarino’s death, beat her for more than two hours, crushing bones in her face, Ramapo police said. When she tried to use the telephone to call for help, police said, Dib punched and kicked her repeatedly, cracking her ribs and causing internal injuries.

Who is this murderer and how did he lie his way into the US?  We don’t really know, but ‘pp’ found a few more articles that add to the mystery.

Garbarino, an elementary school secretary, suffered a two-hour-long “barbaric beating” before her death.

Here it is reported that he is a priest, which of course would mean he is a Christian Syrian, or says he is:

Police said Dib’s Syrian passport identified his profession as a priest. He has a permanent residency card dated 2006.

Then here he claims to have been a “judge” in Syria:

Police said they know little about Dib, who apparently told investigators he once served as a judge in his native Syria.


Police said he had an expired security guard license and ran a business called RD Distributors out of the Grandview address.


Police said the house was filled with Christian symbols.

Does no curious reporter ever ask how people like Dib got into America in the first place—that is always my number one burning question.

What LEGAL avenue did this monster use to migrate here and live among us?

Speaking of Syrians, I haven’t seen any news yet on how many the Obama Administration is going to allow into the US this year, have you?  Originally they talked about 2,000 but some of the contractors want 12,000 or more.

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