Bail denied for teen accused of killing Calgary police officer

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WATCH: A teen who was 17 at the time Sgt. Andrew Harnett was killed has had his request for bail denied. As Jenna Freeman reports, the defence is now seeking a responsible adult application. – Jan 28, 2021

A judge has denied bail for a teen accused of first-degree murder in the death of a Calgary police officer.

Sgt. Andrew Harnett, 37, was killed during a traffic stop in northeast Calgary on New Year’s Eve when he pulled over a vehicle because the headlights were out.

Harnett was hit and dragged by the vehicle and later died in hospital.

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It’s alleged the vehicle was being driven by a 17-year-old — who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act — while 19-year-old Amir Abdulrahman sat in the passenger seat.

Both of the accused turned themselves in on New Year’s Day.

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Abdulrahman is also charged with first-degree murder.

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On Thursday, youth court judge Steve Lipton handed down his decision, denying the youth bail.

Following the decision, defence lawyer Kaysi Fagan notified court of her intention to seek a responsible adult application.

Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, a youth who has been arrested may be placed in the care of a responsible person instead of being detained in police custody.

Judge Lipton will hear arguments on the application on Thursday afternoon.

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In a statement sent to Global News on behalf of Sgt. Harnett’s family, his brother Jason said they are grateful the judge made the decision to deny the accused bail.

He said while the decision is “just one step in the process towards justice,” it sends a “clear and direct message.”

“Police officers and their families across Canada should take some solace in this firm decision today.”

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“Nothing will ever bring Andrew back, however, we will continue to fight to have his honour and legacy remembered and for the laws to be upheld. We will continue to follow this process closely. Thank you to all for your support.”

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