British Columbia

Accused in Marissa Shen murder headed to trial next fall

The man accused of first degree murder in the death of 13 year old Marissa Shen will be facing a jury trial in September of 2020. The B.C. Prosecution Service has decided to proceed by direct indictment which means there will be no preliminary inquiry.

Ibrahim Ali, then 28, arrived in Canada as a refugee from Syria 17 months before his arrest

Marrisa Shen
Marrisa Shen, 13, went missing from her home near Central Park in Burnaby on July 18, 2017. Her body was discovered in the park seven hours after she was last seen. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

A trial date for Ibrahim Ali, the man accused of the murder of 13-year-old Marissa Shen in Burnaby three years ago has been scheduled for the fall of 2020 in B.C. Supreme Court.

Ali was arrested and charged with first degree murder in the aftermath of Shen's muder on July 18, 2017, following a police investigation which lasted for several months.

Shen had been reported missing that day and her body was discovered early the next morning in Burnaby's Central Park.

Police have said Ali, who was 28 years old at the time of his arrest, had no previous criminal record and arrived in Canada as a refugee from Syria 17 months before his arrest.

A Middle Eastern man wearing wired headphones taking a selfie.
Ibrahim Ali, 28 years old at the time of the murder, is pictured in an undated Facebook photo. Ali has been charged with the first-degree murder of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen, who was found dead in Burnaby's Central Park in July 2017. (Facebook)

A preliminary inquiry had been set, but the B.C. Prosecution Service said that it has elected to proceed by direct indictment which means the case will proceed directly to trial.

Jury selection is expected to take place on Sept. 10, 2020, and the trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 21.

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