CALGARY – One of the men convicted in the brutal swarming death of Lukas Strasser-Hird has once again been denied bail.
Assmar Shlah has been denied bail a second time, pending a mandatory life sentence.
In June, a Calgary jury found Shlah guilty of second-degree murder in the swarming death of 18-year-old Strasser-Hird.
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Strasser-Hird was kicked, beaten and stabbed to death outside of Vinyl nightclub in November 2013.
In June, a Calgary jury found Assmar Shlah guilty of second-degree murder in the swarming death of Strasser-Hird.
Last month, Justice Brian O’Ferrall denied his first request for bail since he was convicted.
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“The applicant has not yet met the burden of establishing that his appeal is not frivolous or that his detention is not necessary in the public interest,” O’Ferrall wrote.
Last week, once again, Shlah’s defence went before O’Ferrall asking him to reconsider releasing his client.
Friday morning, in a written ruling, O’Ferrall said: “I am not persuaded that it would be in the public interest to release the appellant pending sentencing.”
Shlah faces an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least 10 years.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14, but defence has said it will likely be delayed.
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The victim’s father told Global News the decision is a relief for the family.
“We’ve gone through this before, worrying about the decision. We are satisfied the right thing was done,” Dale Hird said.
Hird has done the some math on the case.
“It’s been 1,035 days since Lukas died. Assmar has been in custody 99 days. And that’s where we feel he belongs,” Hird said.
Shlah can apply again, the written ruling notes.
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