Abdul Rehman Jat. Facebook Photo.
A 22-year-old man who was found guilty of extortion, luring and child pornography charges has “moderate intellectual disability” and functions at the level of an eight-year-old, according to doctors at Saskatchewan Hospital.The psychological and psychiatric assessments were done after Justice Neil Gabrielson gave his decision in February. Both doctors found Abdul Rehman Jat may be not criminally responsible (NCR).Instead of proceeding with an NCR hearing — and possible future proceedings that could drag out the sentencing process for both the victim and Jat, who court heard is not doing well in custody — the Crown agreed to stay Jat’s charges and replace them with a single charge of criminal harassment.Jat pleaded guilty to the charge in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench this week and was sentenced to six months less a day — a joint submission from the Crown and defence.The charge stems from the same set of circumstances in July 2016, when Jat used fake Facebook accounts to trick a 17-year-old girl into sending him nude photos, then threatening to send the photos to her friends and family if she didn’t have sex with him.The extent of Jat’s intellectual disability became clear following the trial, Crown prosecutor Evan Thompson said.Although Gabrielson made a finding of guilt, a conviction is not formally entered until sentencing, Thompson said. A provision in the Criminal Code of Canada allows the defence to request an NCR assessment before a conviction is entered. Lawyers can then request a hearing based on the report’s findings.If Jat were found criminally responsible, Thompson said the defence’s intention was to challenge the one-year mandatory minimum sentences associated with possessing and sharing child porn.Anyone who is not a Canadian citizen and is sentenced to more than six months faces deportation. The jointly proposed sentence allows Jat to stay in Canada, said his lawyer, Brooke Johnson.“The Crown’s focus was not primarily on the immigration consequences for Mr. Jat, but in reaching a resolution which provided certainty and closure for the victim’s family, protection for the community and deterrence and denunciation for Mr. Jat and those who might be tempted to commit such crimes via the internet,” Thompson said. The sentence also needs to take Jat’s personal circumstances into account, he added.Jat had already served the sentence of six months less a day while on remand and was released from custody on Monday. He will be on probation for three years, with conditions that prohibit him from accessing the internet except for work or educational email@example.com/breezybremcRelated