Man charged with mur­der in fa­ther’s death seeks bail

Calgary Herald - - CITY - KEVIN MARTIN KMartin@post­

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.

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