It was emotional day at the sentencing hearing of a Toronto police officer found guilty of the attempted murder of a teen in the city in 2013.
The mother of Sammy Yatim told the courtroom that she cannot forgive Constable James Forcillo and that she cannot forget, as she delivered her victim impact statement.
Sahar Bahadi also spoke of how she missed her son with “every cell of her being” adding that her son was more than that boy who was shot on a streetcar and that she would die herself, just to look at his face and see his green eyes again.
Struggling to remain composed, Bahadi said that “all she asks for is justice for him”.
The 18 year old’s father Nabil Yatim and sister Sarah also delivered victim impact statements, both overcome by emotion as they spoke.
Yatim’s father described his son as a shy, respectful boy, who loved animals and sports.
He said he had to sell his home and move out of the neighborhood because everything reminded him of his son, adding that he is ruined by his sons death.
While his sister delivered a short statement, saying that her brother was her life and that she no longer feels safe anywhere.
Yatim was gunned down by Constable James Forcillo onboard an empty streetcar in July of 2013, after producing a small knife and waving it around.
Forcillo was acquitted of second-degree murder, but convicted of attempted murder for firing a second volley shots, after the teen had fallen to the ground.
The Crown is asking for a prison sentence of eight to ten years for Forcillo, but his lawyers are seeking a sentence of house arrest, arguing that the mandatory minimum prison sentence for attempted murder was never intended to apply to police .