Christmas arsonist jailed for killing women
Courtroom drawing of Ali Issaky, at sentencing hearing on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Issaky, 25, pleaded guilty in February to two counts of manslaughter. (Laurie Foster-MacLeod/QMI Agency)
A man who set a Christmas wreath alight in a drunken prank that ended up killing two women was sentenced Friday to the equivalent of almost seven years.
Judge Lynn Ratushny concluded there was no evidence 25-year-old Ali Issaky intended to hurt anyone, but he should have known his irresponsible act in the highrise Ottawa apartment building could be deadly.
Issaky will have two years left to serve after getting two-for-one credit for the time he’s already spent behind bars. He was also sentenced to three years probation.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of manslaughter in the deaths of Margaret Ikkers, 57, and Lillian Saumur, 79.
The former tae-kwon-do champion had been drinking to celebrate his 23rd birthday when he set the Christmas wreath alight on an apartment door early on Dec. 24, 2009.
The Crown had been seeking a total sentence of 10 years.