Wednesday, August 12, 2020
ADVT 
National

Quebec Man Sofiane Ghazi Seeking To Withdraw Plea For Killing Unborn Child Seeks Legal Help

Darpan News Desk The Canadian Press, 08 Oct, 2019

    MONTREAL - A Quebec man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his unborn child will have a legal aid lawyer study his attempt to withdraw his plea.

     

    Sofiane Ghazi was back in court Tuesday and told the judge he'd been unable to hire a lawyer himself, so Quebec Superior Court Justice Jean-Francois Buffoni called on legal aid to act as a "friend of the court" to assist him.

     

    Ghazi, 39, suddenly pleaded guilty on Sept. 5 — the second day of his jury trial — to reduced charges of second-degree murder of the infant boy and aggravated assault against his wife in a July 24, 2017 attack.

     

    He had initially faced charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

     

    The woman survived the attack, but the child, delivered by emergency C-section at the hospital, had a heartbeat for several minutes before succumbing to his injuries.

     

    But when he returned for the sentencing phase less than two weeks later, Ghazi abruptly fired his attorneys and said he wanted to withdraw his guilty pleas.

     

    On Tuesday, a legal aid lawyer said she will study the file and let the court know what she'll do next when the case resumes on Oct. 24.

     

    In an agreed statement of facts, Ghazi admitted to stabbing his wife 19 times with a carving fork — 12 times on the left side of her stomach and seven times in the upper left thigh.

     

    Of those, nine wounds were inflicted on the child in the womb — known as Baby Ghazi in court documents — and observed after his birth.

     

    Second-degree murder comes with an automatic life sentence, with a minimum of 10 years to be served before becoming eligible for parole.

    MORE National ARTICLES

    Climate Protesters Shut Down Bridges In Canadian Cities As Part Of Global Action

    Protesters shut down traffic on major bridges across Canada on Monday as part of an international movement meant to galvanize governments into taking more urgent action against climate change.

     

     

    Climate Protesters Shut Down Bridges In Canadian Cities As Part Of Global Action

    Canadian-Born James Peebles Wins Nobel Prize In Physics This Year

    It will be a busy day full of toasts and celebrations for James Peebles, the Canadian scientist who won the Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday

    Canadian-Born James Peebles Wins Nobel Prize In Physics This Year

    Police Arrest 10 People In Vancouver Who Joined Extinction Rebellion Protest

    Vancouver Police say 10 people were arrested late Monday for obstruction of justice after they refused to leave a bridge linking the city's downtown to the west side.

     

     

    Police Arrest 10 People In Vancouver Who Joined Extinction Rebellion Protest

    HIGHLIGHTS: Justin Trudeau Targeted In English Leaders’ Debate

    The only English-language debate to feature all six federal party leaders devolved Monday into crosstalk and mudslinging as the leaders tried to break the impasse in voting intentions that has persisted through three weeks of campaigning.

    HIGHLIGHTS: Justin Trudeau Targeted In English Leaders’ Debate

    Emily Carr University In Vancouver Closed Until Wednesday After Possible Arson

    The Vancouver campus of Emily Carr University of Art + Design won't reopen until Wednesday following what police believe was a deliberately set fire.

    Emily Carr University In Vancouver Closed Until Wednesday After Possible Arson

    Trudeau Attacks Tories For Not Releasing Platform As Leaders Prepare For Debate

     Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took aim at the Conservatives on Sunday for not releasing their election platform as the majority of federal party leaders spent the day cramming for Monday's critical English-language debate.

    Trudeau Attacks Tories For Not Releasing Platform As Leaders Prepare For Debate

    PrevNext