Sen­tenc­ing for Jor­dan Cush­nie put for­ward to new year

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - anna Junker [email protected]­media.com @junker­anna

The sen­tenc­ing for a man who ad­mit­ted to man­slaugh­ter for hit­ting and punch­ing a 61-year-old store owner who was try­ing to stop a rob­bery has been put off un­til the new year.

Jor­dan Cush­nie pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter and rob­bery on May 24. He ad­mit­ted to re­peat­edly punch­ing store owner Iain Armstrong in the face and head when Armstrong tried to stop Cush­nie from rob­bing a cash box from a South­gate Mall kiosk on April 17, 2018.

Cush­nie punched Armstrong six times when, af­ter the fi­nal blow, Armstrong hit his head on the cor­ner of the kiosk and fell down.

Ac­cord­ing to the agreed state­ment of facts, Armstrong went into car­diac ar­rest and was bleed­ing from a wound on his head. He died af­ter be­ing taken off life-sup­port on April 20, 2018. His cause of death was found to be from blunt force trauma and in­juries to his neck.

On Wed­nes­day, Court of Queen’s Bench Jus­tice Eldon Simp­son or­dered a facts as­sess­ment re­port for Cush­nie to be com­pleted by a ten­ta­tive date of Feb. 28, 2020.

Simp­son pre­vi­ously or­dered a Gladue re­port for Cush­nie. Gladue reports ex­am­ine sys­temic fac­tors that may have con­trib­uted to an In­dige­nous per­son’s crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.

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