Murder Acquittal a Rare Event for Ottawa Court

Murder Acquittal a Rare Event for Ottawa Court

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – A murder acquittal can be difficult to obtain in any Canadian courtroom, and it’s particularly tough here in Ottawa.

That’s why I noted with interest the story of Mahmoud Kayem, who was acquitted of murder by a jury in an Ottawa courtroom on September 26.

Crown prosecutors had alleged that the 25-year-old Kayem assisted his friend Nawaf Al-Enzi in planning and carrying out the murder of another member of their gang. But in a surprising split verdict, the jury found Al-Enzi guilty and freed Kayem of the charges against him.

Both men had been in prison for about two years. Following the verdict, Kayem was released from custody. Enzi, however, was sentenced to life imprisonment and will not be eligible for parole until 25 years from now.

Here in Ottawa, murder acquittals are rare. In October of 2005, I was successful in having one of my clients acquitted of murder charges. At that time, it had been seven years since anybody had been acquitted of murder charges in Ottawa.

If you have been charged with murder, manslaughter, or a related criminal offence in Ontario, it’s critical that you get expert legal advice from a lawyer with experience in these cases. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone (613) 233-4529.

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