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Police apprehended a 24-year-old man following the stabbing death of a transgender woman. The man faces homicide charges, and it is expected that Toronto police will remand him to the custody of law enforcement in Montreal, where the alleged crime took place. It is unclear whether he is still in police custody here in Toronto.
According to the police report, the man stands accused of fatally stabbing a 26-year-old transgender woman in the lobby of her apartment building in Montreal on Sept. 18. Police have not commented on the details of the alleged attack. However, they have reported the woman was transferred to a local hospital where she later died of her injuries.
The man apparently fled Montreal to Toronto, where he was arrested shortly after the alleged murder. Police caught up to the man in Scarborough, and he was charged with second-degree murder. Police say they could place the man at the scene thanks to video footage of the apartment lobby. That evidence will likely be presented in court, where the man will face the charges filed against him in the presence of his criminal defense attorney.
Homicide charges are taken very seriously in Ontario and Quebec, and in both places a guilty verdict can result in significant jail time. This is why the Canadian court system places the burden of proof on the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the guilt of the accused individual. In this case, the man’s representation will review the facts and the evidence collected by the prosecution in order to help prepare a strong defense on his behalf.
Source: The Toronto Star, “Suspect in death of Montreal trans woman arrested in Scarborough“, Jenna Moon, Sept. 26, 2017