Police name paramedics charged in Al-Hasnawi death

Police name paramedics charged in Al-Hasnawi death

Eight months after 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi lay dying on a Hamilton sidewalk, police have laid criminal charges against the paramedics who witnesses say did not take his injuries seriously.

Steven Snively, 53, of Hamilton was arrested Wednesday and Christopher Marchant, 29, of Whitby was arrested Thursday, Niagara police said. Both are charged with failing to provide the necessities of life and are scheduled to appear in Hamilton court Sept. 11.

Yosif Al-Hasnawi’s father, Majed Al-Hasnawi, said the family was notified of criminal charges Wednesday and met with police Thursday. Majed said the meeting with police went well and that he believes they’re doing a good job, but the news has also left him exhausted and overwhelmed.