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A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing in Hamilton, according to local sources. Ontario authorities arrested the 29-year-old man, who has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Toronto man. As with most homicide cases, this one is still under investigation by authorities.
According to the police report, the incident took place outside a downtown bar in the early morning of Sept. 10. Around 3:30 a.m., investigators found a 33-year-old man who had apparently been stabbed to death. The coroner’s office was called, and next-of-kin have been notified. This death marks the city’s sixth murder of the year.
Police say a 29-year-old man later turned himself in to authorities sometime the following day. Apparently, he cooperated with police without incident and was summarily charged with first-degree murder. It is unclear whether he is still being held by police at this time. He was set to appear in court for the first time on the morning of Sept. 12.
In a homicide case where first-degree murder charges have been filed, it is up to Ontario prosecutors to prove premeditation played a role in the alleged killing. They will also have to prove the man was present and responsible for the murder, and that no exterior factors motivated him in this incident. Criminal defense representation will want to carefully examine any evidence brought forth by the prosecution in advance of it being reviewed by the court, in order to determine the best route to building a strong case in the accused man’s defense.
Source: Globalnews.ca, “Hamilton man arrested in fatal stabbing outside downtown bar“, Ken Mann, Sept. 10, 2017