The culprit in the van attack that killed 11 people in downtown Toronto in 2018 was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole before his 25th birthday on Monday.
Alec Minassian, 25, was convicted by a Canadian judge in March 2021, a year ago.
On April 23, 2018, at the wheel of a rented white van, he crushed visitors at full speed on the roads and platforms of the Canadian capital.
11 were killed and 16 were injured.
It was the deadliest attack to date in Toronto, with a population of 6 million.
The sentence comes three weeks after Canada’s Supreme Court overturned a death sentence for murderers, a provision of the Penal Code that has been in place since 2011, recognizing the longest sentences for mass murderers.
The court concluded that “imprisonment, which is more than the life expectancy of every human being, is contrary to its absurdity and (…) human dignity.”
When Elwood Delaney, a relative of one of the victims, left the court on Monday, he said, “I am not satisfied.
Minasian “sat there, he showed no emotion, he did not see people,” lamented the man who lost his grandmother in the attack, and he says he was “too angry with that man.”
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