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Police have taken an 18-year-old man into custody for his suspected role in the stabbing death of another man in Scarborough, according to local sources. Toronto police services have charged the man with second-degree murder in connection with the case. This marks the city’s 37th homicide this year.
According to the arrest report, police responded to a call in Scarborough after witnesses called in a potential assault. They arrived just after 2:00 a.m. the morning of Sept. 3 to the area, where they found a man suffering life-threatening injuries from apparent multiple stab wounds. The 33-year-old man was rushed to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries some three days later and was pronounced dead.
Police arrested an 18-year-old man the same day the injured man died. He stands charged with second-degree murder. It is unclear at this time how police placed this man at the scene, or why they believe he may have been driven to commit murder in this instance. The investigation is ongoing, and no court proceedings have yet to be publicly announced.
In order to prove culpability in a homicide case, Toronto prosecutors must first prove the man was present and responsible for the stabbing, and also prove that he had some measure of intent to cause that level of harm. Defense representation will likely wish to conduct a full accounting of all evidence the prosecution intends to present in court ahead of any proceedings. This will help them to determine the best route toward a successful defense strategy for their client.
Source: The Toronto Star, “Scarborough stabbing victim dies in hospital, suspect charged with murder“, Jenna Moon, Sept. 8, 2017