Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Emotional witnesses close defence in Yatim killing

It was difficult, amid the tears and trembling emanating from the witness stand, but important to remember that of all that happened on a Dundas streetcar in downtown Toronto on a summer’s night two years ago, the only person who was actually hurt was Sammy Yatim.

The 18-year-old Yatim, of course, wasn’t just hurt, but shot and killed on the streetcar just after midnight on July 27 after he failed to drop the switchblade in his hand.

Pleading not guilty to second-degree murder and attempted murder in his death is Toronto Police Const. James Forcillo.

Forcillo fired nine shots, in two bursts separated by about five seconds, when, as he told Ontario Superior Court Judge Ed Then and a jury last month, he believed Yatim was about to come off through the streetcar’s open doors. Eight bullets hit the teenager.

Tuesday, the evidentiary portion of the trial came to a dramatic close when Forcillo’s lawyer, Peter Brauti, called his last two witnesses before closing his case.  (more...)

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