January 20th, 2021

Man sentenced to 15 months for assault

By Shurtz, Delon on October 15, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

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A 29-year-old Lethbridge man, who in a drunken rage randomly attacked another man outside a city apartment building, has received a 15-month jail sentence.

Abdalla Hassan Ibrahim attacked the man Sept. 22, 2019, after he asked Ibrahim for a cigarette. Ibrahim, who is the larger of the two men, pushed his victim into a wall and demanded to know the whereabouts of his girlfriend. The frightened man said he didn’t even know the woman, but Ibrahim punched him and dragged him into an apartment suite where he threw him into a chair, slapped him and again demanded to know where his girlfriend is.

The attack took place in front of an 11-year-old girl and three-year-old boy, the children of Ibrahim’s girlfriend. The young girl tried to persuade Ibrahim to stop his assault, then took her brother to a neighbour’s residence where she called police.

During a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court, Judge Sylvia Oishi noted the smaller victim was punched and kicked in the face, and could only try to block Ibrahim’s repeated blows. And when he attempted to leave the apartment, Ibrahim wouldn’t allow him to leave.

“Ibrahim threatened to kill him if he didn’t tell him what he wanted to know,” Oishi said.

The assault lasted up to an hour and the beaten man sustained cuts and other damage to his head and face.

Oishi listed several aggravating factors in the attack, and said the victim was terrorized and unable to defend himself. The attack was also prolonged and happened in front of two young children. The little girl, Oishi noted, tried to get Ibrahim to stop beating the man, and when that failed she protected her brother by taking him out of the apartment then called the police. She also had to testify during trial last July.

“And all of these things are things a child should never have to do.”

Oishi also pointed out some mitigating factors in the case, and said Ibrahim has been scarred by a traumatic childhood. The Somalia-born offender and his mother and siblings were subject to violence from his father, and most of his family was ultimately killed in front of him.

“He witnessed the killing of both his parents and two of his children by ISIS.”

After he finally moved to Canada at the age of 22, he was robbed and severely beaten, and has lived much of his life in fear. He ultimately turned to alcohol and drugs.

Oishi noted Ibrahim has a criminal record with convictions for assault and violence, and while he was remanded at the jail in relation to this case, he was violent there, as well. Jail authorities reported he was aggressive, had a poor attitude and refused to follow the rules. A pre-sentence assessment indicates he justifies his actions and blames others for his circumstances, and he is a “significant” risk to public safety.

Although sentenced to 15 months in jail, Ibrahim was credited for the equivalent of one year he spent in pre-sentence custody, leaving him with just under three months left to serve. He will also be subject to a 12-month peace bond after he is released, during which he is not to have any contact with the man he assaulted or the young girl.

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