A Canadian who rammed his rental van into a crowd in Toronto in 2019 was sentenced to life in prison on Monday, June 13. He won’t get parole for the first 25 years of his sentence. His act of ramming the car into the crowd caused 11 deaths.
Alek Minassian, the convict, was 25 at the time of the attack. He was found guilty by a Canadian judge just over a year ago, in March 2021.
On April 23, 2018, Minassian drove a white rental van at full speed through the streets and sidewalks of the Canadian metropolis, aiming at passers-by for just over a mile.
Ten people were killed and 16 injured in the attack – but the death toll rose to 11 at the end of October 2021 when an injured woman who had spent more than three years in hospital also succumbed to her injuries.
It was the worst offense in Toronto history.
The sentence came three weeks after the Supreme Court of Canada overturned cumulative sentences for the murderers. The provision of the penal code dated from 2011. It allowed judges to impose extremely long prison sentences on killers who caused numerous deaths.
The Court concluded that a prison sentence which “greatly exceeds the life expectancy of any human person is degrading in its absurdity and, therefore, contrary to human dignity”.
“I am absolutely not satisfied,” Elwood Delaney, whose grandmother died in the attack, told reporters.
Minassian “sat there, showed no emotion, barely looked up at someone reading an impact statement,” adding, “I have a lot of anger towards this man.”
(With agency contributions)
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