RED DEER, Alta. — An Alberta man has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years in the death of a young woman over cocaine.
Bashir Gaashaan, who is 34, admitted to second-degree murder and offering an indignity to a body earlier this week.
Court heard Gaashaan and Jenna Cartwright of Red Deer were hanging out and doing cocaine on March 30, 2011, when he suspected she may have stolen or hidden some of the drug from him.
The two struggled and Gaashaan strangled Cartwright with his hands before gagging her with a cloth.
Court was told Gaashaan panicked, bound Cartwright's hands behind her back and wrapped her partially clothed body in a blanket before dumping her in a rural area near Olds, Alta.
Her remains were found about a month later and Gaashaan was arrested in Thunder Bay, Ont., in June 2011.