Category Archives: First-degree murder

TORONTO: Niran Murray charged with first-degree murder of prostitute Evelyn Castillo who came to Canada as a caregiver

Toronto man charged with murder of sex-trade worker in Mississauga

 | October 16, 2014 10:46 PM ET
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Niran Murray has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a sex-trade worker at a Mississauga hotel

Peel Regional PoliceNiran Murray has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a sex-trade worker at a Mississauga hotel.

BRAMPTON, Ont. – Peel regional police announced Thursday that they had charged a 32-year-old Toronto man with first-degree murder in the death of a sex-trade worker at a Mississauga hotel.

Forty-three-year-old Evelyn Castillo of Thornhill, Ont., was found without vital signs just before 7 p.m. at a hotel on Britannia Road East on Oct. 11.

Her body was found by emergency crews putting out a fire at the hotel.

Insp. George Koekkoek told reporters that an autopsy revealed that Ms. Castillo had died as result of injuries received prior to the fire being set.

Arrested and charged in the case is Niran Murray, more commonly known as Nick Murray. He was due to appear in court Thursday.

Police believe Mr. Murray may have allegedly assaulted other women in the past, particularly sex-trade workers, and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

“He is currently before the courts facing an allegation of assault and mischief, the victim in that case was also a sex-trade worker and the offence is alleged to have occurred in a hotel as well,” said Insp. Koekkoek.

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Insp. Koekkoek said police believe Mr. Murray was a customer of Ms. Castillo’s, who also worked as a caregiver. But investigators are still trying to determine whether the two had any previous contacts.

Police did not reveal any other details about Ms. Castillo, but published reports said she arrived in Canada from the Philippines about two years ago.

Ms. Castillo’s murder was the Peel region’s fifth homicide of 2014.

The Canadian Press

SURREY,B.C.: Serial killer Charles Kembo loses conviction appeal

Four-time Surrey murderer loses conviction appeal

Charles Kembo was found guilty in 2010 of the first-degree murder of four people. He lost an appeal of those convictions this week. - File Photo / The Leader

Charles Kembo was found guilty in 2010 of the first-degree murder of four people. He lost an appeal of those convictions this week.

— Image Credit: File Photo / The Leader

A Surrey man found guilty of the planned murders of four people, including his wife and step-daughter, has lost an appeal of his convictions.

A jury found Charles Eli Kembo guilty of four counts of first-degree murder in 2010. He sought to have those convictions overturned on the grounds the judge made numerous errors, including in her instructions to the jury, combining the evidence of the different murder counts and admitting prejudicial portions of a police statement and referring to that statement as a confession. Continue reading

Toronto: Kevin Perez pleads not guilty to first-degree murder in execution-style slaying of barber Christopher Thompson

 

Christopher Thompson, 35, was shot to death on Jan. 24, 2012 in the Malvern barber shop where he worked. Kevin Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in his death.

Toronto barber shooting: violent criminal pleads guilty
Published on Friday December 21, 2012

TORONTO POLICE PHOTO
Christopher Thompson, 35, was shot to death on Jan. 24, 2012 in the Malvern barber shop where he worked. Kevin Perez pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in his death.

Peter Small
Courts Bureau

A popular Toronto barber hit four times by a shotgun in his salon was killed in revenge for his refusing to pay for a broken, stolen laptop.

New details of the execution-style slaying of Christopher Thompson were released Friday as Kevin Perez, 28, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder but guilty to second-degree murder. Continue reading

Gurjinder “Gary” Dhaliwal charged with first-degree murder in shooting death of Maple Batalia

 

Pictured is Gurjinder “Gary” Dhaliwal;former boyfriend of Surrey murder victim Maple Batalia.
Photo Credit: , Special to the Sun

Ex-boyfriend charged in shooting death of B.C. teen
Maple Batalia, 19, was shot to death last year
CBC News Posted: Dec 1, 2012 11:22 AM PT Last Updated: Dec 1, 2012 7:07 PM PT

The ex-boyfriend of a Surrey, B.C., teen gunned down last year has been charged in connection with her death, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced Saturday.

Maple Batalia, 19, was shot in a parking lot at SFU’s Surrey campus on Sept. 28, 2011.

Gurjinder “Gary” Dhaliwal, 20, has been charged with first-degree murder. Gursimar Bedi, 22, has been charged with manslaughter and being an accessory after the fact. Continue reading

Toronto: Si “William” Cheng subjected son and wife to physical and emotional torture for decades before being killed with crossbow

Cheng was repeatedly charged, convicted, given minor sentences and intimidated his hostage family members to convince authorities that he “had changed,” court heard.

GRAPHIC CONTENT!

Wife, son suffered depraved abuse before crossbow killing at library 
Sam Pazzano ,Toronto Sun 
First posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 07:15 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 09:26 PM EDT
Si “William” Cheng was killed by his son with a crossbow inside a branch of the Toronto Public Library in December 2010. (Toronto Sun files)

TORONTO – Zhou “Peter” Fang and his mother Nora Fang suffered graphic abuse and degradation that is too obscene and depraved for any Hollywood script.

“William” Si Cheng tormented his son “Peter” Fang since he was a crying one-month-old baby until the 24-year-old killed him in a crowded Toronto public library in December 2010. Continue reading

Jun Lin’s family wants to stay in Canada and Zhigui Du decides to establish foundation in her son’s name to help troubled youth in Montreal

Jun Lin’s mother has ‘sympathy’ for alleged killer
CBC News Posted: Jul 26, 2012 6:43 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 26, 2012 8:58 PM ET Read
Jun Lin was a computer engineering student at Concordia University in Montreal. His parents described their only son as their ‘pride and joy.’ (Handout) Facebook

In a written eulogy for her son, Jun Lin, Zhigui Du said she has developed sympathy for his alleged killer, Luka Rocco Magnotta, and will set up a foundation to help troubled youth.

Lin, 33, was killed and dismembered two months ago.

His mother did not attend a public funeral service held Thursday morning in Montreal and later told reporters at a news conference that she felt it would have been too hard for her to handle. But she wrote a eulogy for her only son.

“I have been waiting for this day to come, because my son can finally rest in peace in this land that he loves,” she wrote. Continue reading

Montreal: Lin Jun’s family arrives from China to recover his remains

 

A woman places flowers at a memorial near Concordia University for Lin Jun, who was the victim of a murder and dismemberment, in Montreal June 6, 2012. Photograph by: Christinne Muschi , Reuters

Slaying victim’s parents arrive from China
By René Bruemmer, The Gazette June 6, 2012

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MONTREAL – As Luka Rocco Magnotta complained he feared for his life in a Berlin prison because the media was making him out to be a “really, really bad person,” the parents of the man he is alleged to have killed and dismembered arrived from China to recover their son’s remains and cobble together the last few days of his life and horrific death in Montreal. Continue reading

Luka Rocco Magnotta arrested in Germany

Luka Rocco Magnotta, the suspect in a gruesome murder and the focus of an international manhunt, has been arrested in Germany.

Luka Rocco Magnotta arrested in Berlin, Germany
By Chase Kell | Daily Brew – 2 hours 26 minutes ago

Surveillance image shows who authorities believe is Luka Rocco Magnotta in France. (AP Photo/Interpol)
Luka Rocco Magnotta, the suspect in a gruesome murder and the focus of an international manhunt, has been arrested in Germany.

German police Chief-Supt. Stefan Riedlich told CBC News that authorities apprehended Magnotta in an Internet café around 2 p.m. local time.

“As far as I know he was arrested alone, and there was no struggle,” Riedlich shares. Continue reading

China issues safety alert to its citizens in Canada

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, there were 200,000 international students studying in Canada in 2009, contributing more than $6.5 billion to the economy. A total of 25 per cent of the international students were from China.

Body parts murder of Lin Jun provokes Chinese gov’t to warn its citizens in Canada
By Andy Radia | Daily Brew – 16 hours ago

(…) Even without Luka Rocco Magnotta, Canada is not a safe place: that’s the narrative you’d be receiving if you read the Chinese newspapers or internet chat rooms this weekend.

The grisly killing of Lin Jun — a 33-year-old Chinese student living in Montreal — allegedly at the hands of fugitive Magnotta, has provoked widespread anger in China, where many believe the crime was racially motivated.

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According to the Globe and Mail’s Beijing-based reporter Mark MacKinnon, the story now dominates internet discussions in that country — Lin’s personal account on Weibo (a popular Chinese social-networking site) was the most searched-for page on the sina.com web portal. The number two search was for the latest news of the case. Continue reading

Alleged criminal Luka Rocco Magnotta, formerly known as Eric Newman, could be in Canada

Handout/ Magnotta's alleged victim is Lin Jun, a 33-year-old Concordia University student from Wuhan, Hubei, China. He was last seen on May 24, police said, and reported missing on May 29. So far, authorities know very little about the victim.

Police name murder victim, reveal Luka Rocco Magnotta could have already returned to Canada
Graeme Hamilton and Allison Cross, National Post
Staff Jun 1, 2012 – 11:52 AM ET | Last Updated: Jun 1, 2012 12:17 PM ET

Magnotta’s alleged victim is Lin Jun, a 33-year-old Concordia University student from Wuhan, Hubei, China. He was last seen on May 24, police said, and reported missing on May 29. So far, authorities know very little about the victim.

Warning: Story contains graphic content and images

Montreal police today released the name of the victim of a brutal slaying and dismemberment, and revealed murder suspect Luka Rocco Magnotta could have already returned to Canada under an assumed identity after fleeing to France on May 26. Continue reading