R. v. Qureshi (I.A.), (2011) 521 A.R. 366 (QB)

JudgeMalin, P.C.J.
CourtProvincial Court of Alberta (Canada)
Case DateNovember 08, 2011
Citations(2011), 521 A.R. 366 (QB);2011 ABPC 332

R. v. Qureshi (I.A.) (2011), 521 A.R. 366 (QB)

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Temp. Cite: [2011] A.R. TBEd. NO.092

Her Majesty the Queen v. Irfan Ahmed Qureshi (051198018P1; 2011 ABPC 332)

Indexed As: R. v. Qureshi (I.A.)

Alberta Provincial Court

Malin, P.C.J.

November 8, 2011.

Summary:

The accused were charged with 16 gun and drug offences. They argued that the police breached their ss. 8 and 10(b) Charter rights and sought an exclusion of evidence.

The Alberta Provincial Court, in a decision reported at 428 A.R. 203, held that the accused's ss. 8 and 10(b) Charter rights were violated but declined to exclude the evidence. The trial proceeded.

The Alberta Provincial Court, in a decision reported at 508 A.R. 128, convicted the accused (Irfan Qureshi) of all charges but acquitted the other accused (Shafique and Adnan Qureshi) of all charges. The matter proceeded to Irfan's sentencing.

The Alberta Provincial Court sentenced Irfan Qureshi to 9.5 years' imprisonment less credit of 50 months for time spent in pre-sentence custody leaving 5 years and 4 months left to serve. The court also imposed a lifetime ban respecting firearms, weapons and explosive substances.

Criminal Law - Topic 5831.2

Sentencing - Considerations - Delay - Police searched a home and found handguns, ammunition, butterfly knives, armoured vests, $2,000 in cash, and a substantial amount of cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy - The accused was convicted of three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and 13 counts consisting of unauthorized possession of prohibited or restricted weapons or devices, possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearms, and possession of property knowing it was obtained by the commission of an offence - At his sentencing, the accused sought a credit of 9 to 15 months for the exceptionally long time from the date of the offences to the date of sentencing (more than 6.5 years) - He argued that the delay was presumptively prejudicial - The Alberta Provincial Court declined to grant any credit - The delay was excessive and well out of the norm for Provincial Court - The court was not persuaded that the accused had been prejudiced by the delay in the proceedings or by the conditions of his release, some of which he broke (for which he was charged) in any event - The court noted that it was giving the accused specific credit for the mitigating factor of his substantively lawful behaviour since the date of the offence - It was possible that the accused actually benefited from the lengthy duration of the proceedings - See paragraphs 88 to 102.

Criminal Law - Topic 5846.6

Sentencing - Considerations - Violation of accused's rights (incl. police misconduct) - Police searched a home and found handguns, ammunition, butterfly knives, armoured vests, $2,000 in cash, and a substantial amount of cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy - The accused was convicted of three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and 13 counts consisting of unauthorized possession of prohibited or restricted weapons or devices, possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearms, and possession of property knowing it was obtained by the commission of an offence - The court had previously found that the accused's s. 8 Charter rights (deficiency in the search warrant) and 10(b) Charter rights (delay in right to contact counsel) were violated but declined to exclude the evidence - There was no finding of mala fides by the police - At his sentencing, the accused sought a credit of 9 to 15 months for the Charter breaches - The Alberta Provincial Court held that relief for these breaches in the form of a sentence credit was not warranted in the circumstances - See paragraphs 83 to 87.

Criminal Law - Topic 5850

Sentence - Trafficking in a narcotic or a controlled drug or substance (incl. possession for the purpose of trafficking) - Police searched a home and found handguns, ammunition, butterfly knives, armoured vests, $2,000 in cash, and a substantial amount of cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy - The accused was convicted of three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and 13 counts consisting of unauthorized possession of prohibited or restricted weapons or devices, possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearms, and possession of property knowing it was obtained by the commission of an offence - This was a wholesale drug operation - The accused did not use drugs as it was against his religious beliefs - The motive was profit - He had a prior conviction for selling cocaine and for unlawful possession of a restricted weapon (handgun) - Positive pre-sentence report - Moderate risk to re-offend - The Alberta Provincial Court held that sentence range for the drug offences was 9 to 10 years - The range for the weapons offences was 3.5 to 4 years (consecutive) - The sentence of possession of offence property was 6 months (concurrent) - The court allowed a reduction of 1 to 2 years for mitigating factors and 2 years based on the totality principle - The court determined that 9.5 years' imprisonment was appropriate and gave the accused credit of 50 months for pre-sentence custody - That left the accused with 5 years and 4 months left to serve.

Criminal Law - Topic 5871

Sentence - Possession and use or sale of weapons or ammunition - [See Criminal Law - Topic 5850 ].

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Counsel:

L.C. Tchir, for the Crown;

M.R. Danyluik, for the Defence.

This sentencing was heard by Malin, P.C.J., of the Alberta Provincial Court, who delivered the following decision on November 8, 2011.

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