Man who tried to kill Edmonton police officer, four others gets 28 years in prison

Man who tried to kill Edmonton police officer, four others gets 28 years in prison
EDMONTON -- Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, the man convicted of attempted murder for an attack on an Edmonton police officer and four others in 2017, was sentenced to 28 years in prison Friday.

Sharif s sentence was delivered by Justice Paul Belzil in an Edmonton courtroom.

"Although no sentence can repair the terrible harm done, hopefully the conclusion of this case will allow those impacted to have some measure of closure," Belzil said before handing down the sentence.

Sharif, 32, was found guilty in the Sept. 30, 2017 attack on Const. Mike Chernyk in which he struck the officer, who was stationed outside of a CFL game, with a vehicle, then got out and stabbed Chernyk repeatedly.

On the attempted murder count against Chernyk, Sharif was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

"There is no evidence that he is remorseful for his attack on Const. Chernyk," said Belzil. "As noted, the absence of more serious injury was due to a matter of luck which should in no way assist the offender in sentencing."

Belzil said Chernyk was targeted only because he was a police officer, and said the 18-year sentence was intended to "denounce this behaviour in the strongest terms."

On the same night, Sharif mowed down four pedestrians with a U-Haul van on Jasper Avenue. He was convicted of four additional counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault, criminal flight causing bodily harm and dangerous driving.

"It is particularly aggravating that at no time did the offender voluntarily stop the U-Haul," said Belzil. "Rather, the vehicle stopped only after it was rammed by a police vehicle as it attempted to turn eastbound."

For the additional attempted murder counts, Sharif was handed a 10-year sentence to be served consecutively with the 18-year sentence, bringing his total sentence to 28 years.

He was also handed 10-year sentences for the aggravated assault and criminal flight causing bodily harm charges, and a two-year sentence for the dangerous driving count, all to be served concurrently.

With credit for time served, he ll be behind bars for just under 25 years.

Crown lawyers had been calling for a life sentence for the attempted murder charges with a recommendation of no parole eligibility, saying Sharif s actions were "unrelenting and deliberate" as opposed to spontaneous.

His trial was an unusual one as Sharif elected to represent himself but neglected to take the stand.

An Amicus was appointed to offer him impartial legal advice, but Sharif did not speak with him once throughout the trial or sentence hearing.

During the hearing, victims of the U-Haul attack described the physical and mental pain they ve been in for more than two years.

Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee also delivered a statement, saying the department would never fully comprehend the impact of Sharif s attack on Chernyk and others.
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