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Police in the region of Peel have apprehended a man they believe to have been involved in a fatal stabbing in Mississauga. Ontario authorities say the 48-year-old man was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing that left another man dead and several others injured. So far, no court date has been announced with regard to this homicide case.
According to the police report, officers were called to respond to an altercation at Meadowvale Town Centre around 7:30 p.m. the night of Nov. 22. When officers arrived on the scene, they say they found three male victims suffering from what appeared to be stab wounds. Of the three injured people, a 22-year-old man was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries. He was pronounced dead later that night.
Two other men also had injuries, but they were described as non life-threatening. They were also taken to local hospitals for treatment. Police arrested the 48-year-old man on Nov. 28. He now stands charged with aggravated assault and murder in the first degree.
Despite the violent nature of the crimes of which he is accused, the 48-year-old man is still protected by Ontario law under the presumption of innocence. This places the onus on the prosecution to actually prove the man was responsible for the stabbings, including competent evidence that places the man at the scene of the altercations. A first-degree homicide charge also means that prosecutors will have to prove premeditation. The man’s defense team will work to build a strong case against any evidence brought forth by the prosecution, focused on achieving the best result possible under the circumstances presented.
Source: CBC News, “Man, 48, charged with 1st-degree murder in triple stabbing at Mississauga plaza“, Nov. 29, 2017