Calgary man charged with killing Saskatchewan man gets bail

A Calgary man charged with killing a Saskatchewan man was granted bail.

Fayiah Victor Braima, 23, was initially denied bail on first-degree murder charges. In March lawyers for Braima tried getting him released and presented Calgary Provincial Court with a proposed release plan they wanted the Crown to approve. People charged with murder don’t usually get released on bail while they wait for a trial, but prosecutors – because of the COVID-19 pandemic - have released some defendants if they aren’t a risk to the public. That bail request was denied April 7. Braima was also denied bail at a show cause hearing on Feb. 10.

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He was, however, granted bail May 11.

“Both Crown and defence made lengthy submissions on COVID but ultimately, the Justice declined to make a ruling regarding COVID and its impact on judicial interim release,” said Prosecutor Greg Ball from Alberta Crown Prosecution Service

Justice and Solicitor General, Government of Alberta on Aug. 31.

Braima was released on strict conditions including 24-hour house arrest, and wearing a GPS monitored ankle bracelet.

Braima was arrested Feb. 7 in connection to the death of Sheldon Wolf, 47, of Carrot River, Sask.

Wolf was reported missing on Feb. 3 after he was last seen at a downtown Calgary hotel on Feb. 2 at about 7 p.m. Calgary Police say they found evidence connected to Wolf’s disappearance in Elliston Park on Feb. 4. They didn’t say what the evidence was but it led police to a rural area north of Airdrie, 28 kilometres north of Calgary. Wolf’s body was found that day.

Calgary Police Service S/Sgt. Martin Schiavetta said they believe Wolf willingly met with individuals that he didn’t have any previous relationship with before he visited Calgary. 

In March lawyers for Braima tried unsuccessfully to get him released on bail and presented Calgary Provincial Court with a proposed release plan they wanted the Crown to approve. Those charged with murder don’t usually get released on bail while they wait for a trial, but prosecutors – because of the COVID-19 pandemic - have released some defendants if they aren’t a risk to the public. That bail request was denied April 7. Braima was also denied bail at a show cause hearing on Feb. 10.

Braima’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10 in Calgary Provincial Court.

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