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ETOBICOKE: Anieph Fitzroy Burton and Jehanneiry Beaton arrested in string of break ins and sexual assaults

Watch the extended video as police discuss a pair of arrests in an investigation into a rash of break and enters in Etobicoke.
Chris Fox, 
Published Friday, October 31, 2014 6:12AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, October 31, 2014 12:38PM EDT

Police say they have arrested a “serial predator” who broke into 59 homes in the Etobicoke area over the last three years and on a number of occasions sexually assaulted women who were sleeping inside.

The suspect’s wife is also facing seven charges in connection with the investigation.

The incidents have taken place in the early morning hours in the eastern and central Etobicoke areas with a large number of them clustered between Bloor Street to the north, The Queensway to the south, Islington Avenue to the west and Royal York Road to the east.

Anieph Fitzroy Burton

Anieph Fitzroy Burton is shown in a handout photo. Burton is facing 95 charges in connection with a string of Etobicoke break ins and sexual assaults. (Toronto Police)

Though the break-ins have taken place in a period spanning from August, 2011 to August 2014, police say they usually took place in bunches with the suspect often targeting a number of homes in the same neighbourhood.

On one such spree on Sept. 7, 2012 the masked suspect allegedly broke into a home near Bloor Street and Islington Avenue at around 3:10 a.m. and sexually assaulted a sleeping 62-year-old woman before fleeing on foot. About 30 minutes later a man matching the same description allegedly broke into a home near Royal York Road and The Queensway and proceeded to sexually assault a 70-year-old woman asleep inside.


Though many of the victims were alone at the time, others were home with their partners or other family members, leading police to believe that single women were not targeted and that the break ins and sexual assaults were “sometimes a crime of opportunity,” Beaven-Desjardins said.

The arrest of the suspect on Wednesday follows an “exhaustive investigation” and several close calls where the suspect was pursued by officers but not apprehended.

Speaking with reporters on Friday, Beaven-Desjardins said that it is “possible” that the suspect’s wife aided him in fleeing the scene of some of the break-and-enters.

Anieph Fitzroy Burton, 32, of Toronto, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with 95 offences, including 11 counts of sexual assaults, three counts of overcoming resistance by choking, one count of sexual assault causing bodily harm and four counts of assault.

Burton’s wife, 31-year-old Jehanneiry Beaton, was also arrested on Wednesday and charged with six counts of break-and-enter and one count of break-and-enter with intent.

Police say they believe there could be additional victims out there.

“There may be many more victims both in Toronto and across our border into Peel Region,” Beaven-Desjardins said. “We encourage the public to come forth and report any incidents related to this.”

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Mountie Ken Barker, who witnessed Chinese cannibal beheading young man on Greyhound bus, commits suicide

Mountie who witnessed bus beheading dies by suicide Staff 

Published Thursday, July 17, 2014 1:48PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 17, 2014 10:37PM EDT

After a long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, a Mountie who witnessed the beheading of a Greyhound bus passenger has taken his own life.

A family member has confirmed that recently-retired RCMP corporal Ken Barker died by suicide last weekend. A total of 13 Canadian first responders have taken their own lives over the past 10 weeks.

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Calgary: 6-year-old Kevin Liu allegedly killed by his mother, Yu Mei Lai

Police say northwest Calgary mother killed her son and herself
By Stephane Massinon, Calgary Herald October 13, 2012

Calgary police at the townhouse in the 1500 block of Varsity Dr. N.W. where investigators say six-year-old Kevin Liu, was killed by his mother Yu Mei Lai.
Photograph by: Stuart Gradon , Calgary Herald

Police are calling the deaths of a mother and her young son in Varsity a murder-suicide.

The woman’s husband discovered the bodies of his son, 6, and wife, 39, shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday in his carbon-monoxide filled townhome in the 3500 block of Varsity Drive N.W.

The homicide unit is investigating and believe the boy, Kevin Liu, was killed in the home by his mother, Yu Mei Lai. Continue reading

Afghan immigrant Peer Khairi slit his wife’s throat because he was disrespected

Afghan culture clash: Wife killer felt constantly disrespected by family, court hears
Published on Tuesday October 23, 2012

Video: Police interview murder suspect Peer Khairi
A video excerpt from a police interview with Peer Khairi, on trial for murdering his wife Randjida in 2008.
Peter Small
Courts Bureau

An Afghan immigrant told police he endured years of disrespect from his family, turning him suicidal, and was so stressed by his wife yelling at him during an argument about their son that he stabbed her and slit her throat. Continue reading

Calgary: More money pumped in case of refugee Aset Magomadova accused of killing daughter


Aset Magomadova, pictured leaving the Calgary Courts Centre in June 2010, will not have to stand trial until early 2013. (CBC)

Retrial of mother accused of killing daughter delayed
Aset Magomadova diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer
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Posted: May 7, 2012 8:33 PM MT Last Updated: May 7, 2012 9:08 PM MT

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Aset Magomadova, pictured leaving the Calgary Courts Centre in June 2010, will not have to stand trial until early 2013. (CBC)

The retrial of a Calgary mother accused of strangling her teenage daughter will be delayed for at least seven months for health reasons.

Aset Magomadova initially faced a murder charge in the death of her 14-year-old daughter, Aminat, in 2007. During the trial, she testified that she acted in self-defence when her daughter came at her with a knife.

She was convicted of manslaughter and got a suspended sentence, but last year, the Alberta Court of Appeal ordered a new trial on the charge of second-degree murder. Continue reading

Body of Kamaljit Kaur to be flown to Canada after murder in the Netherlands

Uncertain future for kids of Surrey woman murdered overseas

By Kevin Diakiw – Surrey North Delta Leader

Kaur was slain in The Hague, her husband is currently 


With their mother murdered and father in a Dutch prison, three Surrey kids whose visas are about to run out are facing an uncertain future.

Kamaljit Kaur flew to her former home in The Hague in January to tidy up some post-divorce matters, such as the sale of her car and house.

Her body was found Feb. 1 in the living room of her Netherlands home.

Her estranged husband in is jail after being arrested for an alleged assault on Kaur last year.

Meanwhile, Kaur’s body is being flown back to Surrey Friday for a Saturday funeral.

Kaur’s 14-year-old daughter Preet, and sons Goldy, 12 and Sunny, 5, are now staying in Newton with Kaur’s mother Gurbax, but their status in this country is in question.

Charan Gill, CEO of Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS), has been asked to help the family “navigate the system,” and has begun to raise funds for the funeral services and the cost of the children’s continued care.

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Haitian rapist and murderer Gregory Bromby denied parole at aboriginal hearing

Gregory Bromby was convicted of killing Tara Manning in the bedroom of her Dorval, Que., home. (CBC)

Parole denied for Haitian-born murderer at aboriginal hearing
Gregory Bromby, convicted of killing Tara Manning, was seeking day parole
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Posted: Jan 18, 2012 5:30 PM ET Last Updated: Jan 18, 2012 8:15 PM ET
Gregory Bromby was convicted of killing Tara Manning in the bedroom of her Dorval, Que., home. (CBC)
Tara Manning, 15, was found stabbed to death in her Montreal-area home in 1994. (CBC)

The murderer of a 15-year-old Montreal girl has been denied parole at an aboriginal hearing.

Gregory Bromby was convicted of killing Tara Manning in the bedroom of her Dorval, Que., home in 1994.

Manning was smothered, raped and stabbed 51 times. Continue reading

Scarborough: Nathaniel O’Brien charged with two counts of first-degree murder


Family members leave court after Sarah John testified against Nathaniel O'Brien, the neighbour who allegedly choked her unconscious after stabbing her mother and grandmother to death. STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR

Home attack victim pleaded with assailant to kill her, trial told
Published On Thu, 24 Nov 2011

Family members leave court after Sarah John testified against Nathaniel O’Brien, the neighbour who allegedly choked her unconscious after stabbing her mother and grandmother to death.
Jennifer Pagliaro

Staff Reporter

The surviving victim of a violent home attack pleaded with her assailant to kill her, fearing she’d be raped, a jury was told Thursday.

Nathaniel O’Brien is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Susan John, 43, and her mother, Saramma Varughese, 75, and the attempted murder of John’s daughter, Sarah John, now 23. Continue reading

Vancouver: Jean Ann James convicted of first-degree murder in killing of Gladys Wakabayashi, daughter of Taiwanese billionaire

Jean Ann James is charged with first-degree murder in the Shaghnessy slaying of her former friend Gladys Wakabayashi, according to reports. Photograph by: La Chaine, Vancouver Sun

Gladys Wakabayashi in an undated photo. Jean Ann James, 72, is charged with first-degree murder in the 1992 stabbing of Wakabayashi. Photograph by: Submitted, The Province

Jean Ann James found guilty of 1992 Vancouver murder
James looked calm after learning jurors had reached a verdict after eight hours of deliberations
By Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun November 4, 2011 12:31 PM


VANCOUVER – A jury convicted Richmond senior Jean Ann James of first-degree murder Friday in the slaying of a woman she thought was sleeping with her husband back in 1992.
James looked calm after learning jurors had reached a verdict after eight hours of deliberations.
James, 72, was found guilty of slitting the throat of Gladys Wakabayashi, 41, on June 24, 1992. Continue reading

Girl adopted from China allegedly strangled to death by Quebec woman

A western Quebec man returned to this home from a business trip Saturday to find his daughter unconscious and wife seriously injured. (CBC)

Quebec mom faces murder charge in daughter’s death
CBC News
Posted: Oct 24, 2011 8:18 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 24, 2011 10:03 AM ET

A 53-year-old western Quebec woman will be formally charged with murder Monday in the death of her seven-year-old daughter, police say.

Quebec provincial police say Murray Fitzpatrick arrived at his home Saturday in Chelsea, Que., just north of Gatineau, where he found his daughter Sophie unconscious.

He also found his 53-year-old wife, Catherine Dufresne, seriously injured and called 911. Both were taken to hospital where the girl was pronounced dead, while the mother survived. Continue reading