Ibrahim Ali is a killer from Burnaby British Columbia Canada who was convicted of the murder of a thirteen year old girl
According to court documents the body of a thirteen year old girl (there is a publication ban on the victim’s name) at a Burnaby park. Police would later say the thirteen year old girl was walking through the park when she was attacked by Ibrahim Ali who would sexually assault the young teen before strangling her causing her death
Ibrahim Ali would be arrested and his DNA would match the semen found on the victim as well as cell phone records showing he was in the area when the brutal rape murder took place
Ibrahim Ali was convicted and is now awaiting sentencing which will be life in prison with no chance of parole for twenty five years (the mandatory sentence in Canada for first degree murder
Ibrahim Ali Case
Ibrahim Ali has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2017 death of a 13-year-old Burnaby girl.
The girl can’t be named due to a publication ban. The child’s body was found in July of 2017 at Burnaby’s Central Park, hours after her mother reported the girl missing.
The verdict, delivered at BC Supreme Court in Vancouver Friday, came just a day after deliberations began. The judge spent much of Thursday giving instructions to the jurors, before they were excused.
The jury took a brief break Friday morning to seek clarifications on the differences between first- and second-degree murder, and manslaughter.
Justice Lance Bernard told them murder would mean Ali deliberately caused the girl’s death or meant to cause her bodily harm and knew that this was likely to cause death. Bernard said it would qualify as first-degree if it happened while Ali committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault against the girl.
Jurors informed the judge they had reached a verdict only moments after this clarification.
There was little reaction from the gallery when the verdict was delivered.
The Crown’s case against Ali has been focused on the discovery of his semen inside the girl. Ali was arrested on Sept. 7, 2018, after a DNA match was confirmed.
The trial, which has seen several delays, was originally expected to last three months. However, it has now been more than eight since Ali pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.
Closing arguments took place last week, days after Ali’s lawyer, Kevin McCullough, said the defence would not be calling any evidence, claiming the Crown hadn’t proved its case against Ali.
Crown attorney Daniel Porte said during his closing arguments that it had been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Ali dragged the girl into a wooded area of Central Park, sexually assaulted her, and then killed her.
Meanwhile, McCullough delivered shocking statements during his closing remarks, saying the version of the child’s lifestyle presented by the Crown was “at best, a partial picture” and “at worst, a lie.”
Ibrahim Ali News
Ibrahim Ali, the man charged with the first-degree murder of a 13-year-old girl in Burnaby, B.C., has been found guilty by a Supreme Court jury.
The jury came back with its decision minutes after asking the judge to clarify the differences between first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Justice Lance Bernard told them murder would mean Ali deliberately caused the girl’s death or meant to cause her bodily harm and knew that this was likely to cause death.
Bernard said it would qualify as first-degree murder if it happened while Ali committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault against the girl, whose name is protected by a publication ban.
Ibrahim Ali had little reaction to the verdict and those in the packed courtroom were quiet as the verdict was read out.
He pleaded not guilty when the extensive trial began in April.
Crown prosecutors told the jury the victim, whose name is protected by a publication ban, was passing through Burnaby Central Park on July 18, 2017, when she was attacked and dragged into the woods before she was sexually assaulted and strangled to death.
Ali was arrested over a year later on Sept. 7, 2018. His DNA was found inside the girl’s body.
The jury heard from dozens of witnesses called by Crown prosecutors, including police officers, pathologists who studied her body and brain, DNA analysts, and the victim’s friends and family.
The defence did not call any witnesses in the trial, with Ali’s lawyer telling the jury that the Crown hadn’t proved its case against Ali.
Later, outside the courthouse, members of the public who were in the courtroom expressed relief over the guilty verdict.
“We have a conclusion today that guilty is guilty,” said LK Tam. “I’m very happy that the Canadian court has achieved justice.”
“Justice has finally been served,” said Burnaby resident Juan Mei. “The process has been too long. It’s closure in terms of the procedure [but] the pain will never end.”