Crown seeking up to 12 years for Calgary man who fatally stabbed an ‘innocent’ victim

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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.

Cordelius Terry Jackson Harrison turns himself into Calgary Police on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Harrison was wanted under a country-wide warrant for a homicide that occurred at Paranoia nightclub. Photo by Jim Wells /Postmedia

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.

KMartin@postmedia.com

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