- Feb 8, 2007
- Land of Swine and Maple Syrup
WTF! I don't remember hearing about this. If they are found guilty, they deserve the MAX penalty and sadly we don't have the death penalty here any more.
Reservists go on trial accused of killing homeless man
Last Updated: Monday, March 17, 2008 | 9:05 AM ET Comments8Recommend33
Three reserve soldiers charged with the killing of a homeless man begin their trial on Monday in Toronto.
Brian Deganis, Jeffery Hall and Mountaz Ibrahim are accused of beating to death 59-year-old Paul Croutch in August 2005.
It's alleged the attack happened as Croutch was sleeping on a park bench near Sherbourne and Shuter streets.
The three reservists had been at a function at nearby Moss Park Armoury.
The killing shocked people in Toronto, not only for its brutal violence against a vulnerable, homeless man, but also because three Canadian Forces reservists were accused of the fatal assault.
The Crown is expected to lay out its case against the three on Monday morning.
The first scheduled witness is a forensic expert who will describe the scene where Croutch was found.
An autopsy showed he had suffered head injuries likely caused by punching, kicking or stomping.
Later in the week prosecutors are expected to call a woman who witnessed the beating. She is expected to testify that she was also attacked.
The trial is expect to last about a month and a half.