Man charged with murder in father’s death seeks bail
Murder suspect Zaineddin Al Aalak will seek freedom next month.
Defence counsel Andrew Stewart appeared in Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench on Friday, along with the accused, to schedule a judicial interim release hearing for Oct. 17.
Al Aalak, who appeared in person, did not address court before the brief proceeding before Justice Beth Hughes. He’s charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his father, Mohamed, 53, as well as interfering with a dead body.
The younger Al Aalak, 21, was arrested in July, after his father’s body was found July 17 at an Okotoks construction site on the D’Arcy Ranch golf course.
Police believe an altercation at Al Aalak’s Acadia home ultimately led to the death of his father.
Officers were called to the accused’s home late in the afternoon of July 17 for a check on welfare call.
Police returned the next day “to ask more questions and to connect some dots,” said Calgary police acting Insp. Paul Wozney, and Al Aalak was eventually arrested and charged.
Social media accounts appearing to belong to the accused indicated his passion for martial arts. Al Aalak followed several mixed martial arts fighters on social media and appeared to maintain his own Facebook page promoting himself as an MMA athlete.
He also appeared in provincial court on Friday.
Stewart and Crown prosecutor Richelle Freiheit scheduled a twoweek preliminary inquiry to begin July 9, 2018.
Normally bail hearings are held in provincial court, but cases involving allegations of murder have to be heard in Court of Queen’s Bench.