Two men who killed promising music journalist Zack Noureddine "took great pleasure in reviving" their senseless acts of violence, a judge says.
Patrick Smith, 29, who was convicted of high school murder, was sentenced to life without probation for 12 years while his co-defendant Matthew Moreira, 34, was arrested for 13 years for and the theft of Zack's friend, Mitchell Conery.
"The death of Zack Noureddine was the result of a premeditated and cruel beating. He was a young man to whom life promised a lot and he himself offered much to life, "Judge Suhail Akhtar said, condemning the two men for the 25-year-old murder.
"The only reason he came face to face with Mr. Smith and Mr. Moreira on December 29, 2015 was because he generously chose to devote his time and effort to encourage his friend and mentor Mitchell Conery."
While Noureddine and Conery were walking to their downtown Toronto car, Smith, Moreira and another assailant – a third man was accused of Noureddine's death and will be brought to trial in the fall – against the two men and attacked them for no reason or warning, he said. Akhtar.
Although they did not know that the severe beating would kill Noureddine, "they knew what they had seen, Noureddine on his knees, gasping for air, begging for mercy when kicks and kicks kicked at him," Akhtar said. "That was what was being celebrated in the elevator (when they came back to the apartment later)."
Noureddine was being beaten so hard that shocked spectators "believed he was going to die," Ahktar said.
When the spectators rushed to help Noureddine, his attackers fled.
"That was the source of pride and pleasure of Mr. Moreira and Mr. Smith," Akhtar said. "They took great pleasure in reliving the act of assaulting and brutalizing two complete strangers"
"Nothing I can do will relieve the family of Mr. Noureddine's suffering they will endure for the rest of their lives," the judge added.
A jury convicted by Smith and Moreira was convicted in December 2018.
"Zack is still alive to us in our hearts and in our memories," said Noureddine's father, Hassan, a software engineer and father of three. "Many of your organs, your heart, lungs … live in other people. He was an organ donor and inspired others in our neighborhood to become organ donors.
"Zack was the popular and extroverted kid in high school and then, always willing to help others," said Zack's cousin, Sanah Al-Arab, who attended A. Y. Jackson's high school in Kanata with Zack. "I was the quiet one. People told me how lucky I was to be her cousin. We are the same age.
"Zack died on my birthday. We grew up together, we played football and basketball, "said an emotional Al-Arab, now 28." He had that loving aura. he attracted them all. He was smart, he thought out of the box, an entrepreneur.
"He always said," Do not think things over. Just do it, "Al-Arab said.