May 8, 2019 12:17 pm
Updated: May 9, 2019 12:29 am

Calgary man found guilty of first-degree murder in swarming death of Lukas Strasser-Hird

WATCH: Nathan Gervais has been convicted of first-degree murder in the swarming death of Lukas Strasser-Hird in Calgary. The decision comes more than five years after the horrific attack. Nancy Hixt has the latest.


A Calgary man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the swarming death of Lukas Strasser-Hird.

In court, Justice William Tilleman called Nathan Gervais’ actions “predatory and calculated.”

Tilleman said this was a case of constructive first-degree murder, and found Gervais physically restrained and forcibly confined the victim.

Gervais smirked and laughed in the prisoners box as Justice Tilleman handed down the decision.

The victim’s father said “yes” in the gallery, and there were audible sighs of relief.

Strasser-Hird, 18, was swarmed, kicked, beaten and stabbed to death outside of Vinyl nightclub in November 2013.

The decision comes just one day before Strasser-Hird’s birthday. He would have turned 24.

Dale Hird said he plans to sing happy birthday at his son’s grave site and have a root beer in his memory.

Hird said it’s a huge relief to have Gervais guilty of first-degree murder.

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“This is a big deal,” Hird said outside of court. “Today was a good day for Lukas.”

Prosecutor Ken McCaffrey said he was pleased with the outcome of the trial.

As Gervais left the court, he slammed the door. The victim’s father yelled after Gervais, calling him a “s**thead.”

McCaffrey told media outside court Gervais is an immature person and hopefully his experience behind bars will change that and he will “learn how to behave properly.”

Gervais, 22, was apprehended in November 2017 by police in Vietnam, after being arrested for being in the country with a fraudulent passport and sparking a deportation order.

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He was brought back to Canada in February 2018 and has been in custody ever since.

Crown prosecutor Samina Dhalla explained there were two altercations at Vinyl on Nov. 23, 2013 — the first out front, then the fatal altercation out back of the club.

Court heard Lukas Strasser-Hird told an individual in the accused’s group that he didn’t “appreciate his use of a racial slur.”

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CCTV video of that fight was played in court and showed Strasser-Hird being surrounded out front. He was pushed back and sent reeling.

The prosecution had alleged Gervais left the bar to get a knife from his car — and alleges he used it on Strasser-Hird during the second altercation.

Justice Tilleman accepted that evidence.

In June 2016, a jury found Assmar Shlah and Franz Cabrera guilty of second-degree murder in the case.

Joch Pouk was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.Shlah has since filed an appeal, and is out on bail pending the outcome of that appeal.

First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

As Gervais left the court, he slammed the door. The victim’s father yelled after Gervais, calling him a “s**thead.”

Victim impact statements will be read at a later date.

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