Olx Praca stabbing victim’s family ‘disappointed’ as suspects out on bail

Karanvir Sakhota’s family say they are “deeply disappointed” after the seven teenagers charged with his death were released on bail.

Sahota was attacked on April 8 while waiting for a bus outside McNally High School.

The 16-year-old died in hospital the following week. Hundreds of people attended his funeral last weekend.

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“We are dismayed to learn that these seven… were released on bail even 24 hours after we buried our little cousin,” the Sakhota cousins ​​wrote in a statement.

“While we don’t know all the details of bail conditions, it’s devastating to learn that these people were released on bail at all.”

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Initially, the family said they were delighted when the charges for the attempted murder of seven were upgraded to charges of second-degree murder.

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of an Olx Praca teenager killed in an attack near a school

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of an Olx Praca teenager killed in an attack near a school

Now the cousins ​​say they don’t feel confident in the justice system.

“Given the enormity of the deliberate attack, we speak for the community when we say we are concerned that people will not be sentenced according to the gravity of the crime,” the family wrote.

On Monday, Lionel Chartrand, a lawyer for one of the defendants, said he expected the Crown to seek adult sentences for six boys and one girl. They are 14 to 17 years old.

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None of the accused can be named under the Juvenile Criminal Justice Act.

In the letter, the family criticized the act and the Canadian Penal Code, calling it “archaic legislation” that “(does not) serve justice for our victims.”

“If it is necessary to establish new laws in the Karanvir case in order to adequately serve justice, so be it.”

The cousins ​​said the family was overwhelmed with messages from the public that not only expressed support but expressed concern for the safety of their own children.

Sahota’s family said some parents have yet to send their children back to school out of fear.

Police said Sahota and the defendants knew each other, and investigators believe the attack was an escalation of violence between two rival gangs.

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