2 men found guilty in mid­town beat­ing death of Zack Noured­dine, a third is await­ing trial

StarMetro Toronto - - TORONTO - Betsy Pow­ell

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.

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