Officer charged in death of Abdirahman Abdi will go on trial in 2019
Ottawa Police Constable Daniel Montsion is facing three criminal charges in connection to the July 24, 2016 death of Abdirahman Abdi.
Josh Pringle, CTV Morning Live
Published Thursday, July 13, 2017 7:19AM EDT
The Ottawa Police officer charged in the death of Abdirahman Abdi will go on trial in 2019.
Const. Daniel Montsion is charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.
During a pre-trial hearing on Wednesday, a judge-only trial for Montsion was scheduled to begin on February 4, 2019. An out-of-town judge has been assigned to the trial, which will last 12 weeks.
The Special Investigations Unit says Abdi died on July 24, 2016 after an interaction with Ottawa Police officers on Hilda Street. The SIU charged Montsion in March.
The Justice for Abdirahman Coalition is expressing disappointment with the delay until the trial. In a statement, the group says “while it is not unusual to have some level of delays in a case, the coalition is deeply concerned about this excessive delay in our justice system.”
The coalition says the Abdi family has been “extraordinarily patient. A delay of this length only adds insult to injury. Due process in a timely manner is all they ask.”