Brampton brothers who nearly beat Mississauga dad to death guilty on lesser charges


Published January 31, 2023 at 6:50 pm

The two men who broke the skull of Muhammad Abu Marzouk and nearly beat him to death in front of his spouse and two young daughters, all over a run-in in a Mississauga parking lot, are headed to prison.

Janis Corhamzic and Adem Corhamzic were found guilty today in a Brampton court of assault and the aggravated assault of Abu Marzouk in a confrontation at the Mississauga Valley Community Centre on July 15, 2018. They were acquitted of attempted murder, but an aggravated assault conviction typically entails a 10-year prison term (up to a maximum of 14 years).

Ontario Superior Court Justice Fletcher Dawson, in explaining the acquittal on the most serious charge, said he was not “satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt of their intent to kill.” He qualified that by saying it was “a close case.”

The severity of the beating and the brothers’ use of derogatory terms such as “terrorist” toward Abu Marzouk, led to the Peel Regional Police calling the crimes hate-motivated.

Police said at that time, 4½ years ago, and court heard that the physical confrontation flared in the community centre parking lot. Abu Marzouk, his wife Diana Attar and their two girls, then aged 6 and 4, were in their vehicle preparing to leave after a picnic on a summer night. There was no report from police that anyone was struck by a vehicle, but two men, whom police later confirmed to be the Corhamzic brothers, approached saying the driver had jeopardized their safety.

Dawson found that Janis Corhamzic started the fight, and Abu Marzouk tried to defend himself. Police also said in 2018 that racist comments were uttered at Abu Marzouk.

In previous media reports, Attar has stated she ran to get help after seeing a Peel police car. She returned to find her husband on the ground and bleeding from the ear.

Court heard that Marzouk suffered at least 10 skull fractures and brain bleeding. Emergency room surgeons had to remove part of his skull in order to stanch the brain bleeding.

Janis Corhamzic and Adem Corhamzic was also convicted of the assault of Fuat Yucel, a friend of the victim who tried to intervene.

The pair will be sentenced in two months, on March 31.

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