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A 25-year-old Toronto man is in police custody after killing several pedestrians by driving a van onto a busy city sidewalk. The recent incident, which garnered worldwide attention, left 10 Ontario residents dead and several others injured, some seriously. The accused has been charged with 10 counts of first degree murder and 14 counts of attempted murder.
Authorities are still investigating the incident, which happened on one of the busiest streets in the country. Police forces are working together to reconstruct the exact path the rental van took on its rampage. They want to find out how fast the accused man was driving, where each victim was hit and other pertinent information. They are also continuing to talk to witnesses and to the victims who are able to talk.
Police are also appealing to the public and asking people to post photos of the scene or videos, if they have them, on a special web portal they have set up. They are working on obtaining search orders to go through the home of the accused along with accessing his cell phone and computer information. A police spokesperson said it will take time to pore through all the evidence.
The proper gathering of evidence is crucial in any homicide case. Ontario residents who are accused of such a potentially life-changing crime would likely benefit from the experience of an astute criminal defence team. There is nothing more serious under the law in Canada than taking the life of another human being. If those so accused speak to a criminal lawyer familiar with homicide charges, it may make a difference in the outcome of their cases.
Source: thestar.com, “Van rampage another tough test for Toronto police homicide squad as complex cases pile up“, Wendy Gillis, April 24, 2018