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One of those was the fact Harrison was on bail at the time on an auto theft charge which was later reduced to taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.
Buziak also said the offender has a violent past which includes a conviction for aggravated assault for a previous stabbing.
The prosecutor also told Justice Earl Wilson the fact Harrison pulled a knife in a crowded bar, causing “chaos” in the club, was a factor which justified a harsher sentence.
The stabbing triggered a melee which resulted in another patron punching Harrison and knocking him to the floor.
“Everyone at that point, until Harrison is knocked down, is at risk,” Buziak said.
Harrison stabbed Sheikheldin in the chest, piercing his heart in two places.
Wilson ruled the single stab wound wasn’t enough to show the intent necessary for a conviction on a charge of second-degree murder.
The Court of Queen’s Bench judge also heard a victim impact statement from the dead man’s cousin, Rosa Khalfan, which was also read in by Buziak.
“He was a very caring and nice guy and loved everyone,” Khalfan wrote.
“He was always happy and outgoing.”
Added Beraa: “I cannot get over my anger. It is so upsetting that an innocent life, an innocent man will never get to be with his family and friends again.”
Sentencing submissions from defence counsel Andrea Urquhart have been delayed until October, as she is obtaining remand centre video of her client being assaulted, something she says should be considered in determining a fit punishment.
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