Calgary

Trio found guilty of manslaughter in death of Calgary man

Three men charged with second-degree murder in a 2015 death of a Calgary man have been found guilty of manslaughter.

Saad Osman and brothers Julius and Theo Wheyee were each charged with 2nd-degree murder

RCMP released this image of Mohammed Saqib, the victim of a fatal beating in 2015. (RCMP)

Three men charged with second-degree murder in a 2015 death of a Calgary man have been found guilty of manslaughter.

The body of Mohammad Saqib, 33, was found in the trunk of a car that had been set on fire in September 2015 on a rural road near Airdrie.

A $4,000 drug debt was the motive for the killing of the Calgary man, a judge heard at the trial in February for the three men — Saad Osman and brothers Julius and Theo Wheyee.

Court of Queen's Bench Justice Karen Horner found the men guilty of the lesser crime of manslaughter Friday morning.

Saqib's body was discovered in the trunk. He had suffered three gunshot wounds, two broken ribs and other bruising.

The Wheyee brothers were represented by defence lawyers Adriano Iovinelli, Tonii Roulston and Andrea Urquhart, while Osman represented himself.

Sentencing was set for October.

With files from Meghan Grant