Idres Ismail, 22, appeared in court on Wednesday, May 29, 2018 and was formally charged with second-degree murder.
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Detectives are crediting the help of brave witnesses for cracking the homicide of ex-Carleton University student Mouhamed Serhan, who was gunned down Monday night outside a south-side public housing project.Shots rang out around 10:40 and Serhan, 24, was then seen staggering before he collapsed and started bleeding out.The former dean’s list student was killed over a lousy “beef,” according to a working police theory.Idres Ismail, 22, appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon and was formally charged with second-degree murder.The boyish-looking Ismail looked calm as he stood while his defence lawyer Joseph Addelman addressed the court. Ismail was supposed to appear in the morning, but his popular defence lawyer was busy in another courtroom at the time listening to a judge’s charge to the jury in another one of his homicide cases.
Idres Ismail, 22, of Ottawa was formally charged on Wednesday with second-degree murder in the shooting death Monday night of Mouhamed Serhan.
It was his lawyer who brokered Ismail’s surrender. Addelman picked him on the street and drove him to Elgin Street police headquarters on Tuesday. The defence lawyer said Ismail turned himself in because he has nothing to run from, adding that his intention is to establish his innocence in court.It’s not Ismail’s first trip through the Ottawa courthouse. He has a record for assault and drug possession.Police believe Mouhamed Serhand was outside the housing complex when an argument broke out and turned deadly. Neighbours said they heard two gun shots before his assailant fled.Mouhamed is the second son in his family lost to gunfire.His brother Hamzeh Serhan, 20, was also gunned down outside of a public housing complex — on Caldwell Avenue — in September 2017 in what police believe was a drug-related killing.
Homicide victim Hamzeh Serhan was gunned down on Caldwell Avenue on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2017.
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