Alberta briefs – November 27

An Alberta Mountie has pleaded guilty to assaulting a prisoner in a detachment cell.

Mountie assaulted prisoner in cell

EDMONTON — An Alberta Mountie has pleaded guilty to assaulting a prisoner in a detachment cell.

Const. Desmond Sandboe admitted to beating a prisoner in a cell at the Lac La Biche detachment on September 13, 2009.

A videotape showing Sandboe assaulting the prisoner was shown in court Friday.

Superintendent Joe Loran, acting commanding officer of K-Division, says the incident is “appalling.”

Loran says Sandboe, a nine-year veteran of the RCMP, has violated the public’s trust and has done a great disservice to other RCMP members.

Sandboe will be sentenced on Jan. 27.


Railway tackles hunger

Canadian Pacific’s food bank fundraiser begins its unique trek across Canada as well as the American Midwest and Northeast this weekend.

The Holiday Train is running for the 12th year with two specially decorated freight trains travelling across six Canadian provinces and eight U.S. states.

CP president Fred Green says the Holiday Train’s mandate is to “help tackle hunger, regardless of borders or size of community.”

Residents in about 140 cities and towns on both sides of the border will be able to join the Holiday Train, with all food and money raised at each stop staying in that community for local distribution.

Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program has raised $4.8 million and generated almost 2.3 million pounds of food donations for local food shelves.

Two men guilty of murder

EDMONTON — Two men have been found guilty in the death of a Somali man outside an Edmonton-area casino in 2008.

Alexander Reid and Adam Brown were convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of Mohammed Ibrahim.

Ibrahim, 24, was gunned down at the River Cree Casino west of Edmonton.

Sentencing arguments are to be heard Dec. 13.

The Crown suggested during the trial that the shooting was in retaliation for a bar fight earlier that night.

Family spokesman Abdul Hussein says the Somali community is pleased with the verdict even though it can’t bring Ibrahim back.

Reid and Brown were originally charged with first-degree murder, but that was down-graded at a preliminary hearing.