Calgary

Bader Amer, suspected gangster, gets 4-day jail sentence for assault

A suspected gangster was given the equivalent of a four-day jail sentence for hitting an elderly man in the face several times.

Pembrook shooting investigation led police to Amer who remains in custody on a number of other charges

In custody on several drug and weapons-related charges, Badar Amer, a suspected gangster, was handed the equivalent of a four day sentence for assaulting an elderly man last year. (CBC)

A suspected gangster was given the equivalent of a four-day jail sentence for hitting an elderly man in the face several times. 

Bader Amer, 20, was charged with assault following a road rage incident last June. When police announced the charges they said it was in connection with an investigation into a shooting in the southeast community of Penbrook.

The Amer family is no stranger to the justice system — two brothers and a cousin all face charges police believe are tied to this city's gang war.

Bader's brother, 19-year-old Abdul Amer, is charged with two counts of discharging a firearm with intent to injure in connection with a shooting in December in the northeast community of Coral Springs.

His cousin Talal Amer is also charged in connection with a shooting in the city's southeast in June and in connection with a near-fatal shooting in January in the parking lot of a strip mall. 

Bader Amer has been in custody on other weapons and drug charges since November.

Back in June, Bader Amer's car crashed into another vehicle on Stoney Trail. 

Upset his Mercedes had been damaged, Amer got out of his car and punched the 76-year-old in the face, breaking his glasses.

Organized crime Crown prosecutor Janice Rea had proposed an 11-week sentence for the assault, which concerned the elderly victim and his wife so much they've since installed a security system in their home.

"I think in cases of road rage, a period of incarceration is necessary," said Judge John Bascom. "That's a sad thing that people don't feel safe in this city."

Lawyer Katherin Beyak asked for a fine for her client who is in custody awaiting trial on his other charges.