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Delayed sentence upsetting for mom

Posted in HOMICIDE, Tagged News Clippings

June 10, 2009

The mother of a slain Calgary man expressed frustration yesterday as her son’s killer’s sentencing was delayed.  [the mother] said she had hoped to get some finality in the case involving her son’s one-time friend, who stabbed to death [the victim] last Oct. 12.

“It’s like starting all over again,” [the mother] said moments after [the accused’s] case was postponed until Oct. 10.

At that time, Crown and defence lawyers will argue which facts Justice John Rooke should find jurors used to convict [the accused] of manslaughter.  “It’s very frustrating,” [the mother] said outside of court.  When [the accused] was earlier led into court, a teary [mother] had to leave the room before composing herself and returning.    

Defence lawyers Pat Fagan and David Chow, along with Crown prosecutor Gary Cornfield, told Rooke he will have to resolve several issues in dispute.  One of those, they said, is whether [the victim] or [the accused] was the person who introduced a meat cleaver into an altercation between them in the killer’s Forest Lawn basement suite.

[the accused], 19, remains in custody until sentencing in December.  

This entry was posted in HOMICIDE, tagged News Clippings and posted on June 10, 2009

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