Friday, 19 April, 2019

Quebec Mosque Shooter Alexandre Bissonnette's Sentencing Underway

Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette to be sentenced Friday Quebec City mosque shooter sentenced to life with no parole for 40 years
Jeannette Daniel | 10 February, 2019, 23:30

A Canadian judge has sentenced a man accused of killing six men at a Quebec City mosque to life in prison with no chance for parole for 40 years.

Alexandre Bissonnette arrives at the court house in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

On January 29, 2017, Bissonnette burst into the Quebec City mosque and unleashed a hail of bullets on the 40 men and four children who were chatting among themselves after evening prayers.

He pleaded guilty last March to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder.

The Crown had recommended that his six life sentences be served consecutively, which would have totalled 150 years. The defence argued the sentences should be served concurrently, which would have made him eligible for parole after 25 years.

"The US Supreme Court would not find a 150-year (term) cruel and unusual punishment", Huot said earlier in the day, but added "punishment should not be vengeance".

While serial killer Bruce McArthur was handed 25 years of parole ineligibility in a Toronto courtroom this morning, the longest prison sentence in Canadian history could be handed out to another mass murderer.

More news: Francisco Lindor could miss Indians' Opening Day with strained right calf

As the 246-page verdict was read over six hours, Bissonnette sat quietly in the courtroom, gazing at his feet while his parents and several friends and family of the victims wiped tears from their eyes.

The six men killed were Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Abdelkrim Hassane, Aboubaker Thabti and Azzeddine Soufiane.

Bissonnette also told a psychiatrist that he regretted not killing more people.

People hold candles for victims of Sunday's deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque, during a vigil in Montreal on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

Shortly after his arrest, Bissonnette told police that the attack was motivated by immigration in Canada. In a statement read in court, he said he was "neither a terrorist nor an Islamophobe", but rather someone who was "overcome by fear, by negative thoughts and a sort of frightful kind of despair".

Huot concluded that consecutive sentences were "unreasonable" and that sending a criminal to die in prison would go against Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, according to the report.

"No matter the outcome of today's decision, nothing can diminish the incredible support & solidarity felt by many Canadian Muslims in the wake of the attack, and during the past 2 years", the group said on Twitter.

Recommended

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, And Childish Gambino Declined Grammys Performances Drake, Kendrick Lamar, And Childish Gambino Declined Grammys Performances Chances are you will not see Childish Gambino , Drake , or Kendrick Lamar take centre stage at Sunday's Grammys . It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend.

Netflix Introduces ‘Smart Download’ Feature For iOS Users Netflix Introduces ‘Smart Download’ Feature For iOS Users The app then also deletes the previous episode so you're not constantly filling up your data card with already viewed content. Netflix has finally added the smart download feature to its iOS apps after debuting it for Android in July past year .

Geralt Takes on New Foes in ‘Monster Hunter Geralt Takes on New Foes in ‘Monster Hunter The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt , which released in 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One , won a total of 250 Game of the Year awards. According to Capcom, the event features new quests that blend the RPG mechanics of The Witcher 3 into Monster Hunter World.

Stormi Webster Celebrates 1st Birthday with ‘StormiWorld’ Party Stormi Webster Celebrates 1st Birthday with ‘StormiWorld’ Party That she definitely did and Stormi soon found herself trending on Twitter as fans were freaking out over how insane the party was. To kick things off, all the guests entered via " Stormi's mouth" in an inflatable version of the toddler's face - I mean, extra.

Microsoft Is Urging Users To Stop Using Internet Explorer Microsoft Is Urging Users To Stop Using Internet Explorer Having one place for employees to go for their internet needs eliminates confusion around which browser to use and when. He explained that the use of Internet Explorer is increasing the technical debt for the companies.

Your old smartphone could be made into a 2020 Olympic medal Your old smartphone could be made into a 2020 Olympic medal At the Rio Olympics in 2016, recycled metals were used for medals but for less than 30 per cent of gold and silver. This means that all of the 2020 Olympic medals will potentially have iPhone and Android parts in them.

‘Beer before wine, always fine?’ Not really, hungover study participants say ‘Beer before wine, always fine?’ Not really, hungover study participants say The only reliable way of predicting how miserable you'll feel the next day is by how drunk you feel and whether you are sick. But a group of scientists now have said that's not true: The order in which drinks are consumed doesn't affect a hangover.

Lagonda All-Terrain Concept Coming To Geneva As Brand’s First Model Lagonda All-Terrain Concept Coming To Geneva As Brand’s First Model For now, however, the All-Terrain Concept will be free to emulate last year's Vision and attempt to steal the show in Switzerland. In fact, the first glimpse of the All-Terrain Concept was also given in May 2018 in the form of a few sketches .

Eurovision' Australian Act Is Kate Miller-Heidke In A Giant Cake Dress Eurovision' Australian Act Is Kate Miller-Heidke In A Giant Cake Dress Electric Fields took out second place with their song 2000 And Whatever , while Sheppard came in third place with On My Way . Despite being a European contest, Australia has been competing in Eurovision since 2015.

NYPD asks Google to scrap Waze's DUI checkpoints NYPD asks Google to scrap Waze's DUI checkpoints Mr Thompson said the app was also problematic for reasons other than possibly aiding drunken drivers. That's all well and good but apparently, the app can also find and report DWI police checkpoints.

Prince George's unemployment rate down year-over-year Capital Economics also thinks the surprising job gains won't change the Bank of Canada's mind. The number of self-employed positions, which can include unpaid work, declined by 60,700.

Share The Love Event Coming to Fortnite February 8 Share The Love Event Coming to Fortnite February 8 Level up your Battle Pass before the season ends! Finally, Fortnite Creative is getting a Featured Island Frenzy event. Look out for special sprays related to the "Share the Love" Competitive Series for each division of the competition! .

Re-elected UEFA head Aleksander Ceferin wants competitions overhaul Re-elected UEFA head Aleksander Ceferin wants competitions overhaul Under UEFA statutes, Ceferin, as the only candidate, was voted in by acclamation - a round of applause - from the delegates of the 55 member associations.

Fire service likely to be tackling Ocado blaze for days Fire service likely to be tackling Ocado blaze for days Ocado stressed it had comprehensive insurance for the property, stock and equipment and for business interruption losses. Part of the roof collapsed, but the firm confirmed no members of the Ocado team or the public were injured. "Thank you.

LeBron strongly reacts to Mavs' Barnes being traded mid-game LeBron strongly reacts to Mavs' Barnes being traded mid-game I'm ok with both honestly, truly am. "He's a better man than me, for sure", Nowitzki said according to ESPN. He's obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life, and that's the kind of guy that he is".