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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Trial Closed: Allen Benn

The final defendant in the murder of Allen Benn has been convicted as an adult for murder. It is said that 19-year old Ishmail Conteh, a former gang member killed Allen Benn supposedly because of snitching.The 19 year old was sentenced to life in prison, with no chance for parole for 10 years.

This is the longest sentence for a youth. Conteh, who was 16 at the time, who set up the attack on Benn in the Jane-Finch public housing complex in broad daylight on April 2, 2007. Crown attorneys David Wright and Tim Morgan argued Benn was killed for alerting Richard “Ritchie” Poku, who won a $1.1 million lottery jackpot in December 2006, that people in the Jane-Finch area, namely Conteh and another adult, who cannot be identified, were targeting him for a robbery.

Conteh, who is diagnosed with “psychopathic traits and is considered an extremely high risk to re-offend,” came to Canada with his family as a refugee in 2002 after being a displaced person in Guinea for nearly two years. Conteh spent the first eight years of his life in war-torn Sierra Leone. Two other youth that were charged with Mr. Conteh were found not guilty last year.(Excerpts Taken from the Toronto Sun - June 17, 2010)