Ibrahim Ali pleads not guilty in murder of 13-year-old B.C. girl Marrisa Shen

On July 18, 2017, the body of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen was found in Burnaby’s Central Park. Ibrahim Ali has been charged with her murder and is on trial. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police handout photo)

Ibrahim Ali pleads not guilty to murder of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen in B.C.

First-degree murder trial begins nearly 6 years after Marisa Shen’s death

A man accused of killing a young Burnaby teen nearly six years ago pleaded not guilty in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday (April 5).

Ibrahim Ali was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen. The teen was found dead in Burnaby Central Park, not far from her home, on July 18, 2017, hours after her parents reported her missing.

Ali, who is Syrian, had only lived in B.C. for about four months before his death.

He sat in a black office chair on Wednesday, wearing a black suit and white button-down shirt, with black hair combed back to the nape of his neck. Speaking to the jury through an interpreter, he insisted “I didn’t, I didn’t kill Marissa Shen”.

Justice Lance Bernard accepted the statement as a “not guilty” plea.

The jury is not expected to hear any evidence on Wednesday and Crown plans to deliver his opening statement and call the first witness on Thursday morning.

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