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Appeal trial continues for Toronto cop convicted in Yatim death

Last Updated Oct 3, 2017 at 10:30 am EDT

Const. James Forcillo leaves court in Toronto on Monday, May 16 , 2016, after a suspension in his sentencing hearing. The Toronto police officer has been found guilty of attempted murder in the death of a teen on an empty streetcar. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

An appeal trial for Const. James Forcillo, the Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of Sammy Yatim, will continue on Tuesday.

Forcillo fired his glock handgun nine times in two separate volleys of bullets at Yatim, 18, on a streetcar in July of 2013.

The trial began on Monday at the Ontario Court of Appeal in downtown Toronto.

“I believe in justice, I believe in God, and I will fight till the end because I believe that my son (was) murdered. Murdered by Forcillo,” Sammy Yatim’s mother, Sahar Bahadi, told the media before heading into court on Monday.

Forcillo’s bail conditions were scheduled to expire on Sunday, but have been extended until as late as April 2, 2018, when he must surrender himself.

He has been out on bail since his conviction in January 2016.

He was sentenced to six years, a year more than the mandatory minimum. However, lawyers representing Forcillo are expected to argue that his conviction for attempted murder is illogical and his sentence of six years is cruel and unusual. They will then ask that his conviction be quashed and a new trial ordered.

Sammy Yatim’s mother, Sahar Bahadi, spoke to the media before heading into court Monday. Watch below.


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