Trial begins for Hamilton paramedics charged in death of Yosif Al-Hasnawi

The trial of two Hamilton paramedics charged in the death of Yosif Al-Hasnawi begins today.

Al-Hasnawi, 17, was shot in the stomach outside a mosque near Main St. and Sanford St. on Dec. 2, 2017.

He was trying to defend an older man who was being accosted by two men.

Al-Hasnawi died hours later in hospital.

Witnesses said the responding paramedics assessed Al-Hasnawi’s wound and kept reassuring bystanders that the teen had only been shot by a pellet gun.

The witnesses allege both police and paramedics claimed the teen was faking his injuries and believed he could stand up on his own.

Christopher Marchant and Steve Snively are charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life, after a Niagara police investigation.

The trial is scheduled to take five weeks.

Both Snively and Marchant were fired from their jobs by the City of Hamilton in 2018.

Meanwhile, an SIU investigation found no grounds to charge the responding Hamilton Police officer.


  1. this poor kid and his family all he was trying to do is help someone in need , did they catch the shooter if so how long did he get in jail ? this sort of thing makes me so angry! I lost my son in february this mother will not get over this I know believe me

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