Youth in terror cell to get an adult sentence – ‘Eager acolyte’ deserves more jail time, Crown tells Brampton court
A youth convicted of belonging to a homegrown terror cell plotting to detonate truck bombs will be sentenced as an adult, a Brampton court was told yesterday.
At issue now is how much credit he will be given for two years spent in pre-trial custody and how much time, if any, he will serve.
“A terrorism offence is an outrageous offence,” said Crown prosecutor John Neander during the sentencing hearing. “The protection of the public, and the need to deter (and) denounce these offences, takes on cardinal importance.”
Crown prosecutors are seeking a three-year sentence in an adult facility, a probation period of three years, a DNA order and a 10-year firearms prohibition.
Neander argued that while the youth was not a key member of the group, nor aware of a detailed plot, he was an “eager acolyte” and knew of the group’s overall nature.
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