A Toronto man has been sentenced to nine years in jail for the 2014 killing of 26-year-old Natasha Farah in Calgary, local media report. Hussein Ibrahim, 22, appeared in a Calgary court Friday morning where he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
The defence and Crown made a joint submission for a nine-year sentence, less two and a half for time served. Ibrahim will have to serve six-and-a-half years of prison time.
Farah, who was also from Toronto and attended Humber College before moving west, was standing outside Calgary’s Bronco Smokehouse and Saloon on Aug. 23, 2014 when Ibrahim opened fire. She was hit in the chest and pronounced dead on scene.
The defence told the court Friday that Ibrahim was out celebrating his birthday and was extremely intoxicated when he fired the weapon into the crowd, according to media reports.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Ibrahim and one of his friends both had handguns on the night of the incident.
CBC Calgary reports that in his apology, Ibrahim said that he had no intention of causing harm: “I’m here today to let the family know I am deeply sorry.”
Ibrahim was originally charged with reckless discharge of a weapon in 2014. The charge was later upgraded to second-degree murder.
CBC Calgary reports that Justice Earl Wilson, who has been shot himself, had some scathing words for Ibrahim.
“You have regret, they have pain,” said Wilson.
“For God’s sake, do something with it. Make yourself of some use to this country . . . We don’t need more criminals and we certainly don’t need more dead people.”
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