A Toronto courtroom heard an emotional sufferer impression assertion Wednesday throughout a sentencing listening to for a person convicted of killing his roommate to forestall her from reporting a murder he dedicated simply months earlier than.
Adonay Zekarias was discovered responsible by Justice Michael Brown in April of first-degree murder within the loss of life of Rigat Ghirmay, 28. He killed her to maintain her from going to police in regards to the killing of Nighisti Semret, 55, a maid and mom of three from Eritrea.
Zekarias, who’s a refugee from Eritrea, is already serving a life sentence with out the potential of parole for 25 years for the deadly stabbing of Semret.
Semret was attacked in a Cabbagetown laneway in October 2012 as she walked dwelling from her job at a lodge. She had been serving to Zekarias together with his English.
Throughout Zekarias’s trial, the court heard he was frightened that Ghirmay suspected he had killed Semret and was on the point of go to the police.
Household expresses ‘inconsolable’ grief
The Crown learn a sufferer impression assertion from Ghirmay’s brother, who wasn’t capable of make it to Canada for the sentencing listening to.
He stated his household is in items.
“With the heaviest of coronary heart phrases can not categorical my inconsolable [grief] that follows me like a shadow since my beloved sister Rigat was taken from us,” he stated. “She at all times tried to assist everybody, particularly Mr. Zekarias.”
He ended by saying his household is struggling to convey her stays dwelling to Eritrea.
Concurrent or consecutive sentences
The Crown and the defence made submissions Wednesday on how lengthy Zekarias should spend behind bars.
The defence argued for a concurrent sentences, so he could be eligible for parole in his 60s, as an alternative of his 80s.
Zekarias’s sentencing is about for August 14.