Multiple-Offence Murderers Need Tougher Jail Sentences, Justice Minister Says

OTTAWA CRIMINAL DEFENCE LAWYER – If you are found guilty of murder in Ontario, the consequences you face are going to be severe regardless of any past murder convictions.

Under the current Canadian justice system, murderers who have been convicted of multiple murders serve the parole ineligibility periods for each murder at one time. This means they are eligible for parole after anywhere between 10 and 25 years – regardless of whether they committed one murder or multiple.

In an October 5 press release, Canada’s Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced his intent to change this system through new government legislation. If this new legislation is passed, multiple-murder convicts will be unable to serve parole ineligibility periods concurrently – they’ll have to serve one after the other.

Under such legislation, multiple-murder convicts could have to go much longer than 25 years with no parole privileges whatsoever.

Canada’s government periodically introduces bills to make penalties more severe against convicted criminals. Sometimes these bills are made into laws, making things even more difficult for those found guilty of criminal offences. For that reason, it’s crucial to know your rights after being charged – and speak with a lawyer who can help you fight to avoid a conviction.

If you’ve been charged with murder, manslaughter, or assault in Ontario, you are facing serious consequences. These types of cases aren’t ones you should handle on your own – it’s important to speak with a criminal defence lawyer on how to proceed. For more information, contact the Ottawa criminal defence lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

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.