TORONTO: Everton Biddersingh gets life sentence for torturing and killing daughter

Life sentence for man who killed daughter in burning suitcase murder

Everton Biddersingh must serve at least 25 years in prison before he becomes eligible to apply for parole.

Melonie Biddersingh, shown in an undated photo, was murdered by her father, Everton Biddersingh. Her body was found in a burning suitcase 21 years ago.

Melonie Biddersingh

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Melonie Biddersingh, shown in an undated photo, was murdered by her father, Everton Biddersingh. Her body was found in a burning suitcase 21 years ago.

A man who drowned or starved his horrifically abused teenaged daughter to death two decades ago was handed a life sentence Monday, after court heard impact statements from three of the victim’s relatives.

Everton Biddersingh of Toronto, had little to say before Superior Court Justice Al O’Marra handed down the punishment for the “horrible” crime.

Everton Biddersingh, 60, of Toronto, had little to say before Superior Court Justice Al O’Marra handed down the punishment for the “horrible” crime.

“It will make no difference,” Biddersingh mumbled to the court.

A jury last month convicted Biddersingh of first-degree murder in the death of his 17-year-old daughter, Melonie Biddersingh. He will not be eligible for parole for 25 years.

In a written impact statement, the victim’s mother described the devastation she felt after learning in 2012 that her daughter’s charred remains had finally been identified.

“There is nothing — I mean absolutely nothing — Melonie would have ever done that could have led to the dreadful outcome of her murder,” Opal Austin said in the statement read to court.

“So, I am left wondering why for the rest of my life.”

The Crown maintained Biddersingh drowned or starved his daughter after a period of prolonged abuse, or that she died while he confined her in the apartment they shared with her stepmother, Elaine Biddersingh.

The teen, whose burned remains were found stuffed in a suitcase in an isolated industrial area north of Toronto, had come to Canada from Jamaica for a better life. Instead, by the time of her death, she weighed a skeletal 50 pounds and had 21 broken bones in various stages of healing. A piece of a vegetable was found in her vagina.

She had spent countless hours chained to furniture, stuffed in a tiny closet, or locked out on a balcony. Her father, according to one witness, would kick her and force the helpless victim’s head into a toilet and then flush.

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#FreshBreathBandit identified as Lester Hosein, wanted for stealing $1,500 worth of chewing gum in Markham

Police identify #FreshBreathBandit

York Regional Police have named the man wanted for stealing $1,500 worth of chewing gum in Markham.

 York Regional Police are looking for Lester Hosein, 46, in connection with the robbery of a Markham pharmacy. Police are accusing Hosein of taking over $1,500 worth of gum.ISAI, VJOSA / YOUTUBE IMAGE

York Regional Police are looking for Lester Hosein, 46, in connection with the robbery of a Markham pharmacy. Police are accusing Hosein of taking over $1,500 worth of gum.

The man who York Regional Police called the #FreshBreathBandit now has a real name.

Police are looking for Lester Hosein, 46, who is accused of stealing over $1,500 worth of chewing gum from a Markham pharmacy back in December.

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Police are crediting tips, social media, and news coverage in their investigation thus far. They believe he is somewhere in the GTA, and have not yet made the arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423 ext 7541 or Crime Stoppers.

With files from Brennan Doherty

Child-murderer Stephanie Warren stabbed to death in Jamaica

Mother of abandoned ‘Baby Angelica’ stabbed to death in Jamaica

Father criminally convicted in baby’s near-death in a freezing Toronto stairwell in 2009 stands accused of killing her mother.

Stephanie and Alphonso Warren are pictured in court in 2009.

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Stephanie and Alphonso Warren are pictured in court in 2009.

The mother of “Baby Angelica,” the infant found abandoned in a Toronto parking garage stairwell in 2008, has been killed in Jamaica. Her husband, who was criminally convicted of abandoning the baby, is in custody, a seemingly violent conclusion to a parenting saga from hell.

With the clock hands approaching midnight and a New Year on the horizon, 39-year-old Stephanie Warren of Toronto, mother to “Baby Angelica,” was stabbed to death — allegedly by her Jamaican husband, Alphonso Warren, according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The couple is infamous for having repeatedly faced allegations of mistreating their children in Canada and abroad. The mummified remains of a later child of the couple, a 2-year-old known as “Baby Joshua,” were found in 2012, zipped inside a suitcase in the Warrens’ inner-city Kingston, Jamaica, home.

Jamaican police were called to the couple’s apartment around 11:20 p.m. this New Year’s Eve to investigate a domestic dispute.

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Nigerian crime ring Black Axe behind GTA luxury vehicle thefts

GTA luxury vehicle thefts linked to Nigerian crime ring Black Axe

Operation involved Service Ontario employee who fed vehicle owners’ details to criminals

CBC News Posted: Dec 11, 2015 1:08 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 11, 2015 4:09 PM ET

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Toronto police say 500 luxury SUVs were stolen in the Greater Toronto Area this year as part of a sophisticated vehicle trafficking operation linked to Nigerian organized crime ring Black Axe, in which a Service Ontario employee allegedly fed vehicle owners’ details to criminals.

Police told a press conference Friday morning that thieves stole the cars according to a “shopping list” handed down to them from higher ranking members in the ring, acquired vehicle identification numbers (VINs) and key codes from the Service Ontario employee and had keys cut by a locksmith, who was also arrested.

The cars were then taken to shipping yards in Montreal and Halifax and arrived in Nigeria and Ghana within days, where they sold for roughly half their market value, police said.

Police said the investigation, nicknamed Project CBG, began in the spring of 2015 after they noticed a string of luxury vehicle thefts in and around Toronto. When they began investigating, they noticed that the thefts weren’t one-offs, but rather part of an intricate web, they said.

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TORONTO: Joel Alexander killed in daylight drive-by shooting

Police identify man killed in Entertainment District

Joel Alexander, 28, was killed Friday afternoon in an apparent daylight drive-by on Friday afternoon, police say.

 Police released this photo Dec. 12 of Joel Alexander, 28, who identified as the victim in Dec. 11's fatal shooting on Peter St. in Toronto.SUPPLIED PHOTO

Police released this photo Dec. 12 of Joel Alexander, 28, who identified as the victim in Dec. 11’s fatal shooting on Peter St. in Toronto.

A man who died in hospital following a daylight drive-by shooting in the Entertainment District on Friday has been identified as 28-year-old Joel Alexander.

At a press conference near the crime scene on Saturday, Det.-Sgt. Terry Browne said that Alexander was a resident of Toronto and the father of a five-year-old child. He said that Alexander was “known to” the police and “did have his difficulties in the past,” but he wouldn’t elaborate.

Police believe Alexander was killed just after 4 p.m. Friday when at least 10 shots were fired from a silver car toward a parked car outside 80 Peter St. near King St. The silver car fled the scene, and Alexander was rushed to a trauma centre where he died from his injuries.

On Saturday afternoon, thick smears of blood were still visible on the sidewalk outside the parking lot on Adelaide St.

A female passenger in the vehicle with Alexander managed to escape unharmed. Browne said that she was assisting police in their investigation but was in “a great state of shock” and “extremely emotionally scarred.”

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VAUGHAN, Ont.: Dark-skinned man wanted after deadly shooting at Vaughan cafe

Police release new images of suspect in Vaughan cafe shooting

By  Web Writer  Global News

New images of a suspect in a deadly shooting at a Vaughan, Ont., cafe on June 24, 2015 have been released.

New images of a suspect in a deadly shooting at a Vaughan, Ont., cafe on June 24, 2015 have been released.

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TORONTO — New images of a man wanted after a deadly shooting at a Vaughan cafe have been released by police.

The brazen attack Wednesday morning at Moka Cafe, near Islington Avenue and Highway 7, left two people dead and two others wounded. One person remains in critical condition.

Maria Voci, 47, and Christopher De Simone, 24, both from Vaughan, were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies on the victims confirmed both died of the gunshot wounds sustained in the attack.

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Voci was a mother of three and worked at the cafe. One of the men who was injured in the attack was Rocco Di Paola, a businessman who was a Toronto mayoral candidate in last year’s election.