2 men found guilty in midtown beating death of Zack Noureddine, a third is awaiting trial
Less than 24 hours after retiring, a jury has convicted two men in the brutal beating death of 25- year- old music journalist Zaher (Zack) Noureddine in midtown Toronto almost three years ago.
Jurors found Patrick Smith, 28, not guilty of firstdegree murder but guilty of second- degree murder. Smith, who was also found guilty of assault for stomping on Noureddine’s co-worker, Mitchell Conery, wept in the prisoners’ box for several minutes after the verdicts were read out.
Matthew Moreira, 34, pleaded not guilty to murder, and not guilty to robbery, but guilty to the lesser offence of attempted robbery. Moreira was convicted of manslaughter. Smith had attempted to plead guilty to manslaughter.
A third man, William Cummins, 32, is still facing a firstdegree murder charge and is set to be tried separately in the new year. He has also tried to plead guilty to manslaughter, which the Crown has rejected.