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‘It’s a horror story in there,’ father says as Strasser-Hird swarming trial enters 5th week

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WATCH ABOVE: A Calgary father says he's struggling with the emotional toll the lengthy trial for the men accused of swarming and killing his son is having on him. Nancy Hixt reports – May 30, 2016

A Calgary father says he’s struggling with the emotional toll the lengthy trial for the men accused of swarming and killing his son is having on him.

“It’s unreal. I’m numb. I’m completely numb after five weeks,” Dale Hird said.

Franz Cabrera, Jordan Liao, Joch Pouk and Assmar Shlah are all on trial, accused of the second-degree murder of 18-year-old Lukas Strasser-Hird.

A fifth man–Nathan Gervais–is charged with first-degree murder. He went missing weeks before the trial. A warrant remains out for his arrest.

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Photo of Lukas Strasser-Hird. Global News

Strasser-Hird was beaten, kicked and stabbed outside of a southwest bar on Nov. 23, 2013. He died several hours later in hospital.

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The prosecution alleges the four accused waited for Strasser-Hird, then swarmed him-beating, kicking and stabbing him.

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“I try to think about the good times. It’s very hard. It’s very hard. My son meant everything to me, my one and only son, my first-born child and I just try to distance myself from it. It’s a horror story going on in there,” Hird said.

Hird said he is hoping for justice in the trial.

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To add to his frustration, three of the accused (Pouk, Shlah and Liao) remain out on bail.

“It’s disgusting they’ve been let out on bail and they’re pretty much mocking our family by joking around and laughing like this is no big deal,” Hird said.

The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case early this week. An expert in digital forensic examination and the retrieval of data from computers, cellphones and data storage devices will testify Monday afternoon.

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Hird can only hope he will get justice for his son’s brutal death.

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“It’s obvious what happened. My son didn’t fall on a knife and beat himself to death, but they’re all trying to minimize it.”

A photo of the four people accused of second-degree murder in the 2013 murder of Lukas Strasser-Hird. Global News

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