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The man suspected of fatally stabbing a woman in North York has been placed under arrest and charged. The 24-year-old Toronto man is facing a first-degree murder charge following the death of an unidentified woman who was discovered inside a residential home. Despite having made an arrest, Toronto police are still conducting their homicide investigation.
According to spokespeople for TPS, officers responded to a call near 5 p.m. the evening of Sept. 13. Emergency crews arriving on the scene discovered a woman who had been stabbed multiple times. Despite the efforts of medical personnel, she was pronounced dead at the scene of the apparent crime.
Police later arrested their suspect, who was charged with one count of first-degree murder. It is unclear if this man was on the scene when police arrived, or if he was apprehended later. Police have also not clarified the relationship, if any, between the man and the victim, whose name and identity have not been released. The man was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Sept. 14. Police have reached out to anyone in the community who may have information about this incident and asked them to come forward by contacting police or Crimestoppers.
Homicide charges are particularly serious and can result in long-term jail time for someone found guilty. However, prosecutors in Toronto will first have to prove the man actually committed the deed, and that it was premeditated. Criminal defense representation will wish to review any evidence to be proffered by the prosecution before it is brought to court.
Source: globalnews.ca, “Man charged with 1st-degree murder in fatal stabbing of woman in North York“, David Shum Web, Sept. 14, 2017