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Canada Man who stabbed and killed Belgian tourist sentenced to life in prison

03:32  20 november  2019
03:32  20 november  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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The man who stabbed and killed a Belgian tourist last summer has been sentenced to life in prison and will not be eligible for parole for 23 years.

a group of people posing for the camera: Sean McKenzie (left) has been sentenced to life in prison for the second-degree murder of Belgian tourist Amelie Sakkalis, right, in 2018.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Sean McKenzie (left) has been sentenced to life in prison for the second-degree murder of Belgian tourist Amelie Sakkalis, right, in 2018.

Amelie Sakkalis' body was found on Aug. 22, 2018 north of Boston Bar, B.C. The 28-year-old woman had been hitchhiking from Penticton to Vancouver.

In September, Sean McKenzie, 27, pleaded guilty to her second-degree murder.

In addition to his prison sentence, he will be registered as a sex offender for life and faces a lifetime firearms prohibition.

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An attack of 'extreme violence"

During the sentencing hearing Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, the Crown, in what it called an act of "extreme violence" revealed McKenzie had bound Sakkalis, stripped her naked, sexually assaulted her and stabbed her 42 times.

Then he called 911 pretending to be the victim.

McKenzie's lawyer, Troy Anderson, told the court his client can't say why he murdered Sakkalis and recognizes that will likely ruin his hopes for parole. Anderson says McKenzie can't articulate the deep remorse he feels but he is willing to accept responsibility and pay the price for his crime.

"He has taken from her family someone very precious and he acknowledges that and knows he cannot make it right," Anderson said. "He offers his wholehearted and heartfelt apology … to those whose lives were ruined that day.,"

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McKenzie had no previous criminal record and was working as a cook.

Before retiring to consider the sentence, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Martha Devlin offered him an opportunity to speak.

McKenize rose from his chair.

"It's not a lack of want," he said. "I think my counsel has covered it. It's difficult to even get these words out. The actual saying of these things. But I appreciate the chance."

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Since the day her family heard the news of her death, Sakkalis' sister says she is constantly anxious and has trouble sleeping at night.

"Family is very important to me," she told the court through tears during her victim impact statement. "My fiancé is an only child. Now, I am as well."

Six members of the Sakkalis family travelled from Belgium to be in court. Sakkalis's mother spoke about how her daughter dreamed of exploring Canada.

She said every time her phone vibrates, she still thinks it might be her daughter.

"Every night when I go to sleep I kiss a little box that holds some of her ashes," she said.

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