Saturday, 16 February, 2019

Life sentence for Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette

Alexandre Bissonnette Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette to be sentenced Friday
Kenny Thornton | 10 February, 2019, 23:33

A Canadian man who shot dead six worshipers at a mosque in Quebec City in 2017, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Alexandre Bissonnette, 29, pleaded guilty previous year to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder in connection to the 2017 attack at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center.

Judge Francois Huot rejected a prosecution request on Friday for a 150-year sentence, which would have been the longest in Canada, saying "subjecting a murderer to a sentence that exceeds his life expectancy" would be a cruel and unusual punishment under Canadian law.

"29 January 2017 is a date that will remain written in blood in this city, this province, this country", he said, as reported by Radio-Canada, the French arm of national broadcaster CBC.

Bissonnette's lawyers had argued that if he was sentenced to 25 years consecutively for each murder it would amount to death by incarceration.

One of the man's victim who was paralyzed in the attack, Aymen Derbali, said that numerous survivors were not pleased with the judge's sentencing.

In March, Bissonnette admitted to killing Khaled Belkacemi, 60, Azzedine Soufiane, 57, Abdelkrim Hassane, 41, Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42, Aboubaker Thabti, 44, and Ibrahima Barry, 39, in the January attack.

"We need to remember that sentencing is individual, it takes in a number of factors, and those include the circumstances of the crime, the severity, the impact on the community, but it also has to reference the circumstances and background of the offender", she said.

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In the end, the judge said Bissonnette will not be eligible for parole until he served 40 years of his sentence.

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.

"He really backed himself up, to use the expression", he said.

A 2011 legal change allows Canadian judges to hand down consecutive sentences in the case of multiple murders.

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

"It may very well be appealed by both the Crown (who wanted far more than 40 years) and the defence, which may argue that if the judge thought the provision violated the Charter he should have imposed only 25 years of parole ineligibility".

He called the shooting attack premeditated, gratuitous and insidious.

In addition to the men killed, five others were struck by bullets.

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