MINASSIAN SEEKS TO APPEAL HIS CONVICTION IN TORONTO'S DEADLY 2018 VAN ATTACK
Jul 15, 2022
By Bob Komsic
The man responsible for the deadly vehicle attack along a stretch of Yonge Street wants to appeal his conviction of first-degree murder and attempted murder.
Alek Minassian has filed a notice of appeal to the province’s top court, arguing, among other things, that the trial judge ”misapprehended” expert evidence and made unreasonable findings of fact related to declining to find him not criminally responsible.
He was sentenced last month to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Eight women and two men died April 23, 2018.
Another woman died more than three years later from her injuries.
Minassian was also sentenced to 20 years for 15 counts of attempted murder, that are to be served concurrently.
While a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling prevents consecutive sentencing for multiple murders, Justice Anne Molloy stressed it is a life sentence.
”It is not a 25 year sentence,” she said.
He can apply for parole then, but the judge pointed out that it doesn’t mean he’ll get it, as the ”number and enormity” of his crimes will be taken into account in any parole hearing.