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'I'd like you to come see me': Judge invites remorseful young bank robber to check in after prison

'I'd like you to come see me': Judge invites remorseful young bank robber to check in after prison
From CBC - November 15, 2017

A remorseful young bank robber has been invited to check in with the judge who sentenced him to prison after he serves his time.

"Mr. [Saleem] Nasery, sentencing you was one of the mostpainful things I have ever had to do," said Court of Queen's Bench Justice David Gates. "You are a man of great promise, great potential.

"When you finish your sentence, I'd like you to come see me, I'd like to know how you are doing."

Last month, Naserypleaded guiltytorobbery with a firearm, forcible confinement and wearing a disguise.

Nasery and three others all of whom have also pleaded guilty robbed the BMO in the southwest community of Mission in November 2014.

Prosecutors Vicki Faulkner and Ryan Jenkins, as well as Nasery's defence lawyer Pat Fagan, made a joint submission for a six-year prison sentence at a hearing last week.

On Tuesday Gates accepted that submission but with credit for the time Nasery spent under house arrestand in custody, that leaves five-and-a-half years left to serve.

Court heard Nasery has been volunteering and received a degree in the time since the robbery.

'Not who I am'

When given the opportunity to address the court last week, Nasery, 24, apologized to his victimsthe bank employees who were held hostage.

"That's not who I am," he said. "I am sorryfor ruining their lives."

Gates asked Nasery's parents who had been sitting in the gallery for some background on the family. His father told the judge he'd moved to Canada from Afghanistan in the 1980s.

When the judge learned Nasery's father not only had to redo the schooling he'd already completed in Afghanistan but had recently lost his oil and gas job in the recession and was driving a taxi to make ends meet, he expressed his sympathy.

"It's not an unfamiliar experienceof people coming to this country with unrecognized experience," Gates said.

A tearful goodbye

Victims traumatized

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