Toronto

Killer of Zack Noureddine handed life sentence, co-accused to serve 13 years

A man convicted in the beating death of Zaher (Zack) Noureddine has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 12 years. A second attacker will serve 12 years for manslaughter and an additional one year for robbery.

The victim was beaten to death by a group of men in late 2015

Zack Noureddine, seen here with the recording artist Kendrick Lamar, was an aspiring music journalist. (Instagram)

A man convicted in the beating death of Zaher (Zack) Noureddine has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 12 years.

Patrick Smith, 29, was convicted of second-degree murder in late 2018 following a trial.

A co-accused attacker, Matthew Moreira, 35, was convicted of manslaughter and robbery at the same trial. He will serve 12 years for manslaughter and an additional one year for the robbery conviction.

A third man, William Cummins, 32, is scheduled to be tried in October.

Noureddine was killed in an attack near Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue in Toronto's midtown area on Dec. 30, 2015.

Police said Noureddine was leaving a bar with a friend when they got into a fight with another group of men around midnight.

Noureddine was severely beaten and was taken to a trauma centre where he died hours later.

During the trial, the Crown told the jury what started as a robbery became a vicious beating motivated by anger.

Father hoped for longer sentences

"I was expecting more time, but no matter how long the sentence is, it doesn't bring Zack back," said Hassan Noureddine outside the courthouse.

Hassan said he's taken comfort in the fact that many of his son's organs were successfully donated following his death.

He said seven people received organ transplants thanks to his son.

"Zack's heart is still beating," he told reporters.

WIth files from Jasmin Seputis