TORONTO – An attorney representing one of two former Hamilton paramedics charged with the death of a 19-year-old boy says his client believed the teenager suffered only a superficial wound from a BB gun.
Christopher Marchant and Steven Snively are accused of failing to provide basic necessities in their response to the shooting that killed Yosif Al-Hasnawi in December 2017. You plead not guilty.
Prosecutors allege the couple failed to comply with their training and professional standards in assessing Al-Hasnawi, who was actually shot with a pistol.
The teenager died in the hospital about an hour later.
Attorney Jeffrey Manishen, who represents Marchant, concluded today that simple negligence is not enough to convict a criminal offense – the Crown must prove beyond any doubt that the paramedics’ actions, under the circumstances, were “a marked departure” from their duty.
He says the information Marchant received from first responders and bystanders, including a witness, supported the belief that Al-Hasnawi was shot with a BB gun or pellet gun.
He goes on to argue that Marchant found the injury didn’t look as severe as other BB gunshot wounds he’d seen before, and he didn’t see any blood.
The sole judicial process takes place via video conference. A defender representing Snively is expected to give his opinion on Thursday, followed by the crown.
This Canadian press report was first published on March 24, 2021.