Two Hamilton paramedics will serve an 18-month community sentence for treating a mortally injured kid as though he had suffered a minor injury.
Justice Harrison Arrell of the Ontario Superior Court handed down his sentencing today in the case of Christopher Marchant and Steven Snively, who were found guilty last year of failing to provide Yosif Al-Hasnawi with the necessities of life.
The two approached Al-Hasnawi on the night of Dec. 2, 2017, with the “preconceived impression” that he had simply a superficial injury from a BB or pellet gun, according to prosecutors.
But the 19-year-old had in fact been shot with a handgun, and died in hospital about an hour later.
In his ruling today, Arrell says that while the paramedics’ moral blameworthiness is “significant” because they did not follow their training, the pair did not cause Yosif’s injuries or intend to treat him negligently.
Marchant and Snively must spend the first six months of their sentence at home except for medical care and other approved appointments, and will have a curfew for the remaining 12 months.
They must also perform 150 hours of community service in the last year of their sentence.