New Westminster: On December 17, 2013, 19 year old Karim Meskine was the victim of a bold and callous attack. He was beaten to death near a skytrain station in New Westminster.
A 16 year old was arrested following the attack and initial charges of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon were raised to second degree murder.
Today, June 30th, the accused was convicted of second degree murder.
“This was an extremely tragic case that shocked the community on a number of levels, says Staff Sergeant Jennifer Pound.” “IHIT and New Westminster Police have worked in partnership with Crown Counsel to ensure justice was served on the responsible individual. This second degree murder conviction is confirmation that, despite one’s age, those who believe it is their right to callously take a life will be held responsible for their actions.”
“The conviction of second degree murder is a result of the positive working relationship between the New Westminster Police Department and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team,” stated Chief Constable Dave Jones of the New Westminster Police. “This was a violent and senseless crime and our hope is that this conviction will help the friends and family of Mr. Meskine move forward in their healing process.”