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Toronto cabbie sentenced to four years in skateboarder's death

Last Updated Mar 4, 2016 at 1:45 pm EST

Adib Ibrahim was in court answering to a charge of second-degree murder in a Toronto court on Sept. 22, 2015. CITYNEWS/Marianne Boucher.

A Toronto taxi driver has been sentenced to just under four years in prison for the road rage killing of longboarder Ralph Bissonnette in 2012.

In delivering the sentence Friday, Justice Robert Clark said Adib Ibrahim intentionally struck the 28-year-old and used his vehicle as a weapon.

Ibrahim, 47, who has been a professional driver for 20 years, has also been banned from driving for six years.

Bissonnette, 28, was run over while riding his skateboard on King Street East in May 2012. He was thrown to the curb and his board was split in two. He was pronounced dead in hospital.

On Oct. 30 of last year, a jury found Ibrahim guilty of manslaughter. He had been charged with second-degree murder.

At the sentencing hearing, the judge said he didn’t believe much of the Ibrahim’s testimony.

Clark also said that while Ibrahim expressed remorse for Bissonnette’s death, he didn’t say he was sorry for intentionally causing his death.

He ruled that Bissonnette was plainly visible and it was “unrealistic” that Ibrahim would not have seen him.

The judge said the only merciful thing was that Bissonnette’s death was swift.

“In an instance of unbridled road rage he sniffed out Ralph Bissonnette’s life, one can only imagine the abject terror he must have felt in that moment,” Clark said.

With files from Marianne Boucher