November 1, 2019
No terrorism-related charges were laid against him, though.
That could have been construed as Islamophobic, something which Canada is strongly against.
Abdulahi Hasan Sharif has been found guilty of all charges laid against him in the 2017 Edmonton attacks that saw a police officer stabbed and four pedestrians run down by a U-Haul van.
Sharif, 32, was charged with 11 offences, including five of attempted murder, four counts of criminal flight from police causing bodily harm, one count of aggravated assault and one count of dangerous driving.
The charges were in connection with the ramming and stabbing of Edmonton police Const. Mike Chernyk and a subsequent U-Haul rampage through downtown Edmonton in September 2017.
Sharif sat in the prisoner’s box showing very little emotion as he learned his fate in an Edmonton courtroom Friday morning. The decision came after less than 24 hours of deliberation by the jury.
Abdulahi Hasan Sharif.
Over the course of the three-week trial, several witnesses testified, including Chernyk and the four injured pedestrians.
Chernyk was working special duty outside the Edmonton Eskimos game on Sept. 30 when he saw lights approaching him. He told court that’s when he was hit by a car and sent flying through the air. His next memory was of someone being on top of him and feeling a burning sensation on his head, something he quickly realized was the pain from being stabbed by his attacker.
Chernyk described his attempts to fight off his attacker, all while trying to survive for his kids. He told the court he is a single parent to two children.
The four injured pedestrians told the court about their memories of being hit and how they coped with broken bones, anxiety and depression.
During closing arguments on Wednesday, Bykewich said Sharif was trying to cause “as much chaos, destruction and indiscriminate death as possible.”