Nixon Nirmalendran walked out of the prisoner’s box in January this year, after a second-degree murder charge in the brutal Don Jail beating of Kevon Phillip was dropped.His freedom was short-lived.
Six months later, Nirmalendran was gunned down at the recent Eaton Centre rampage and his dreams of becoming a child and youth care worker died in a hail of bullets.
Defence lawyer Christopher Assie, who had represented Nirmalendran in the past, said Tuesday his former client was looking forward to “turning his life around” after making a series of “poor choices” that tarnished him with an unenviable criminal record.
He had robbed other teens with a pellet gun as an 18-year-old, “which sounds more nefarious than it really is,” said Assie.
His criminal record also revealed that the Sri Lankan immigrant also broke several bail conditions.
But in January, he was finally clear of any charges — and any sentence or bail.
“He had no outstanding charges and wasn’t serving any sentence — he just walked out as a free man,” said Assie.