Dahmi trial

Lizette Cauich (above) is accused of murdering Mitzi Campbell and brutally stabbing parking lot attendant Amar Dahmi, believed to be of Indian origin, in incidents that began over the use of portable toilets. (San Francisco Police Department photo)

A suspect accused of murdering a San Francisco, Calif., resident, and brutally stabbing a parking lot attendant testified at her trial Jan. 23 that she acted in self-defense.

Lizette Cauich, 25, is currently on trial for killing Mitzi Campbell on June 10, 2016. Twelve days earlier, over the Memorial Day weekend, Cauich – acting in concert with her boyfriend Oscar Mendez – brutally stabbed parking lot attendant Amar Dahmi, who is believed to be of Indian origin.

Both crimes began when Cauich and Mendez were denied the use of onsite portable toilets. Cauich is charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon and battery in the two incidents.

Mendez has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery in Dahmi’s stabbing. The parking lot attendant sustained injuries on his back, leg, and torso. He was taken to a hospital and treated for life-threatening injuries. Dahmi faces a long road to recovery, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Cauich testified that she and Mendez approached Dahmi’s parking lot in the rough Tenderloin District of San Francisco. She asked to use the portable toilet.

Dahmi testified that he politely asked her to leave, but Cauich then whipped out two knives and started attacking him. He said he used a garbage can to defend himself.

Cauich said that Dahmi hit her with the trash can after she asked to use the toilet.

“He ignored me — and I was like, ‘Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me,’” she testified. “And he was like, ‘No, b**ch.’ Then he started hitting me with the trash can,” said the suspect, as reported by the Chronicle.

Both agreed that Cauich walked away after the encounter, only to return with Mendez and another man.

The group chased the attendant down and stabbed him in the torso, lower back and leg before he hobbled off toward the Tenderloin police station to seek help, Dahmi said. The third man involved has not been charged.

Both Cauich and Mendez are homeless. Cauich has admitted to using methamphetamines and abusing alcohol. The pair had arrived from Los Angeles a month earlier.

Cauich testified that she struggled with a lifetime of physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend. She was allegedly diagnosed with PTSD at the age of 16.

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