Jury acquits soldiers of aggravated assault of Iranian immigrant

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Jury acquits soldiers of aggravated assault of Iranian immigrant

Three soldiers were acquitted yesterday of beating an Iranian immigrant in the Entertainment District, but a Superior Court judge lambasted the trio, saying their "conduct was nothing short of disgraceful."

After a day of deliberations, a jury cleared Sean Jones, 21, and Ryan Crossman and Ryan Livesey, both 23, of aggravated assault upon Hesam Zeinal-Zedeh on July 14, 2006.

After the verdict was read, Justice Robert Clark admonished the newly acquitted young men, saying the military "should take a sober second look" at admitting them into their ranks.

"You've all been acquitted by the jury. But your behaviour was nothing short of disgraceful," Clark told the court.

A photograph -- which wasn't admitted as evidence -- would have exposed them "as the gang of drunken louts you are," said the judge. "The fact they were boasting about being in the military is offensive....I'm satisfied you left (the complainant) lying unconscious. It was a cowardly act. You've brought disrespect to the military."

The accused's families hugged the three men in court after the verdict and some of them wept tears of joy at the outcome. One of the accused's relatives said aloud in court that the complainant "ought to be charged" in light of the acquittals.

Crown attorney Lorna Spencer said the verdict means the jury agreed either the accused acted in self defence during the fracas or the jury was left with a reasonable doubt.

The accused testified that Zeinal-Zedeh overreacted when Jones spoke to the complainant's girlfriend, Nasim Mahani.

The accused denied earlier testimony that each held one of the complainant's arms while a third punched him and later stomped on his head while he lay on the ground.

Livesey and Crossman told the jury that Zeinal-Zedeh punched Jones in the back of the head after he walked away from a verbal altercation. Then, Zeinal-Zedeh threw a few punches at Jones' chest while he lay on the ground until Livesey intervened, court heard.

When Livesey grabbed Zeinal-Zedeh's shoulder, he swung but missed Livesey. He counter-punched. His single blow to Zeinal-Zedeh's chin sent him sprawling on to the sidewalk and roadway under a parked van, testified Crossman.

Zeinal-Zedeh, now 25, suffered a skull fracture and was physically disabled for months after the incident, court heard.

The incident started after Jones approached Mahani for "directions to a bar" on Richmond St. W. Jones tapped her on the bicep when she ignored his question and looked at her boyfriend, said Crossman.

"Zeinal-Zedeh was very aggressive, he pushed Miss Mahani against the fence and got very close to Mr. Jones," testified Crossman.

Crossman said he and Livesey pulled Jones away and walked away. But Zeinal-Zedeh charged after Jones, hitting him in the head.

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A witness at an aggravated assault trial says she came out of a bookstore in Toronto's entertainment district and heard a woman screaming and saw two young men kicking a man lying on the ground unconscious.

"I noticed two gentlemen [!] kicking at this man and casually walk away," Elaine Greco testified in Superior Court [February 12].

Canadian Forces reservists Ryan Crossman, Ryan Livesey and Sean Jones, all in their early 20s, have pleaded not guilty to assaulting Hesam Zeinal-Zedeh, 25, on July 14, 2006.

He suffered a fractured skull and was physically disabled for months.

Greco told court she couldn't identify any of the assailants except that they wore dark clothing and one wore a white hat. Under cross-examination, she agreed she couldn't be certain that it was two men kicking the man on the ground.

"I was frazzled," she said. "What I saw (was) overwhelming to me."

She clarified that she saw three men walk away.

Zeinal-Zedeh told court he and his then girlfriend, Nasim Mahani, were walking along Richmond Street when they were approached by three men who appeared to be intoxicated.

One of the men grabbed Mahani's arm, while a second man blocked his way and pressed his forehead to Zeinal-Zedeh's face, the Richmond Hill man testified.

"You can't f--- with us. We're soldiers," Zeinal-Zedeh told court. "There was something about them being trained soldiers,'' he continued. "They were implying they were tough guys.''

After that, Zeinal-Zedeh's memory about the altercation fades.

A spokesman for National Defence refused to confirm the rank of any of the accused but a Toronto-based army reservist captain called the Star to say the three are navy reservists.

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RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

White privilege.  Glad the judge saw through it.  Was going to post this.  Unfuckingbelievable.  But I'm sure the naysayers won't agree.

RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

Glad to see the Star reports a bit of the truth that Sun article made me gag in my mouth earlier today.

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You should see their white girl bullied campaign, brought a tear to my eye, sorry for the drift, didn't know where to vent it.


 How do you know what's the truth and what’s not. White privilege... how ignorant. It's the "iranian" that tried and play the "oh please feel sorry me, I'm an immigrant" You think the "judge saw through it" what a foolish thing to say. If you witnessed something and knew the facts I'm sure you would be first in line to jump up on the stand.


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Okay peeps, it is too early to jump the gun and kick bobdylan's ass the hell out? My troll-detection-radar's been off before.


Not too early for me.


And what a shame the troll used the name of Bob Dylan.

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I thought it was an obvious troll name, similar to "ilovejacklayton".

I've certainly not ever typed the words "kick bobdylan's ass" before. Smile