Credits: QMI AGENCY FILES
CALGARY - The man convicted of a violent home invasion-sexual assault blames the victim, who's now suicidal, a sentencing hearing has been told.
Three years ago, Mohamed Hassan Farah broke into his one-time live-in girlfriend's downtown home, beat her and sexually assaulted her.
In seeking a 10-year sentence, Crown attorney Rose Greenwood referred to a psychiatric risk assessment in which its author claimed Farah, 28, was without remorse.
"He has accepted no responsibility for his crimes and views himself as the victim," Greenwood said Monday.
"He said, ‘I don't feel bad about it at all -- she put me in jail.'"
From victim impact statements, court heard both the 20-something victim and her mother have been severely traumatized by the crime and are suicidal.
"She can't trust people, can't enjoy life generally and has attempted suicide," Greenwood said.
In an impact statement read by Greenwood, the victim's mother describes her despair in witnessing her daughter's torment.
"I feel like I want to kill myself so I don't hear her cry and scream, that's when all my sufferings will end," stated the mother,
Greenwood argued Farah took advantage of his position of familiarity with the victim, who suffered facial, head and vaginal injuries in the assault.
In the prisoner's box, Farah -- a former refugee of Somalia's civil war -- listened to the testimony without emotion. Defence lawyer Richard Cairns said there's no proof to suggest the assault was planned by Farah, who also previously had a limited criminal record.
And he said a psychiatric assessment suggesting his client is a lower risk to re-offend should have prominence.
"It's a low to moderate risk," Cairns said, adding previous sentences support a prison stint of five to six years.
"A five to six-year sentence would recognize the seriousness of the crime and the harm done to the victim."
Farah, Cairns said, limited the duration of an emotionally-draining, costly trial partly by avoiding the need to call DNA evidence.
He also disputed the attack was a breach of trust, while telling court his client seeks to further his education and be a better citizen.
"His intention is to be a God-fearing human being and live a healthy life," Cairns said.
Judge Barb Romaine is expected to hand down a sentence on Thursday.