Courtroom tensions during Saskatoon bail hearing
Tears, shouting and tension filled a Saskatoon courtroom today during the bail hearing for two men charged in connection to the murder of Macdonald George.
Zakaria Mahamod and Shamsa Noor are two of four people facing gun-related charges after George was shot and killed outside a downtown Saskatoon nightclub on Victoria Day.
Police said they believe he was trying to break up a random fight.
Some of Noor's family from Ontario and Alberta attended the bail hearing, as did George's family from Ontario.
"My heart was bleeding. It was a situation that is so devastating," said Grace George, the victim's mother.
She said the last time she spoke with her son was on Mother's Day over the phone.
George told her he wanted to come home to visit, but couldn't because of work. Grace said that work was the reason he came to Saskatoon.
She never fathomed it would be where he died.
"He has never picked a fight with anybody from when he was a child. Very gentle, humble, respectful, willing to offer help in any situation," she said, during an emotional interview outside Saskatoon Provincial Court.
"Why would my son be murdered, a Good Samaritan be murdered on the streets of this city?"
Nicholas Stooshinoff, defense lawyer for Shamsa Noor, told reporters there's no proof his client was involved in the shooting.
"There is no fingerprint evidence, there is no DNA evidence, and the witnesses are inconsistent with regard to who was shooting," Stooshinoff said.
"They can't show him as being involved in this
incident," said Morris Bodnar, regarding his client Zakaria
"It's not his vehicle, he has no criminal record, and they're asking that he be held."
A bail decision for Noor and Mahamod has been adjourned to June 7.
The other accused, Hanad Farah, will have a bail hearing on Thursday. Lauren Garand was released from custody on Tuesday.
No murder charges have been laid as police try to find out who fired the bullet that killed George.
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