Provincial Court Judge Lynn Stannard gave a Winnipeg gangster a much-needed reality check when she sentenced him to four (4) years in a Federal Prison last week.
Mouneer Mohamed (19), a Winnipeg thug police believe has ties to the African Mafia street gang, was facing a number of drug trafficking and firearm charges stemming from recent arrests made by the WPS.
On July 30, 2013, Mohamed was stopped operating a rental vehicle when police observed him driving on the wrong side of the road. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of 27 1/4 grams of crack cocaine, cash and a number of cell phones.
Mohamed was charged with drug trafficking offences and released on a Promise to Appear.
On October 17, 2013, Street Crime Unit investigators executed a CDSA (Controlled Drugs & Substances Act) Search Warrant at a drug house at 524 Jubilee Ave.
Police made the following seizures;
- 1 loaded .40 calibre semi automatic handgun
- 140 grams of crack cocaine – street value $11,200.00
- 15 grams of ecstasy
- 2 caplets ecstasy
- 1 cap of hash oil
- $4,235.00 cash
- 1 collapsible baton and drug trafficking paraphernalia
Mohamed and two other gangsters were arrested and charged accordingly.
“The gangster lifestyle isn’t what you think it is,” said Stannard.
“For most its poverty, getting caught, going to jail. It’s a lousy way of life,” she added.
The reality check didn’t stop there;
“You’re expendable, you’re on you own,” Stannard pointed out to the man, drawing his attention to the empty courtroom. Not one gangster bothered to show up to demonstrate any support or concern for their soon to be incarcerated “brother.”
“It’s not easy for a judge to send a young guy to the penitentiary, because it’s not a fun place,” she continued.
In a refreshing departure from recent court decisions, Stannard acknowledged the need to punish people who choose a lifestyle involving drug trafficking, gangs and guns indicating the risk such people create for the public is “huge.”
Stannard abided by legislated mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines of three (3) years incarceration for offenders convicted of possession of a loaded restricted firearm.
Those guidelines were recently disregarded by Justice Colleen Suche and Justice John Menzies who made controversial findings the legislated mandatory minimum sentences somehow equated to, “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Both decisions have been appealed by Manitoba Justice.
Judge Stannard’s decision to put public safety concerns ahead of the rights of gangsters is commendable and worthy of recognition.
Her message to Mohamed regarding the false promise of gang life tells me she has her head in the game.
In her world, that awareness seems to be rare.
Judge Stannard was appointed to the Provincial Court on August 4, 1999.