Murder warrant issued for Luqman Osman in Papyrus Lounge shooting
City issues 14-day business licence suspension after incidents at lounge
By Trisha Estabrooks, Andrea Huncar, Janice Johnston, CBC News Posted: Nov 06, 2014 11:10 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 06, 2014 4:20 PM MT
Edmonton police have issued warrants, including one for second-degree murder, for Luqman Osman in connection with Wednesday morning’s shooting death at the Papyrus Lounge at 112th Street and 107thAvenue.
The 31-year old victim, Bekri Mohamad, was found dead on the floor of the club. CBC News has learned the Edmonton man had a minor drug-related record with two convictions five years ago. Continue reading
Toronto man charged with murder of sex-trade worker in Mississauga
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.
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.
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Mourners from the Eritrean community weep outside the funeral of civic leader Nahom Tsehaie Berhane, who was stabbed to death last week.
By: Olivia Carville Staff Reporter, Published on Sat Oct 04 2014
Hundreds of members of Toronto’s Eritrean community chanted in grief for more than an hour as they honoured the life of slain civic leader Nahom Tsehaie Berhane on Saturday.
The women, wearing traditional white head scarves, wept during the service.
The men, in black suits, bowed their heads.
Berhane, 34, was stabbed to death as he was walking with friends along Danforth Ave. near Greenwood Ave., on Sept. 27.
The father of two was well-known in the city’s Eritrean community and the Medhane Alem Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church, near Dufferin St. and Eglinton Ave. W., was overflowing with mourners Saturday morning. Continue reading
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.
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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
Published Monday, June 23, 2014 10:25PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, June 24, 2014 6:41PM EDT
Jeyarasan Manikaraja, 40, is dead and a 34-year-old is in custody after a stabbing near 7745 Mountain Sights, just north of Pare in Cote des Neiges at 9:30 p.m. Monday evening.
Manikaraja, a father of three who worked in a restaurant, was found in a nearby alleyway and rushed to hospital but later succumbed to knife wounds to the upper body, believed to be around his neck.
Police rounded up a suspect in a nearby apartment soon after. They believe that a lovers’ triangle might have been at the root of the dispute.
The victim’s son Abisath Manikarajah told CTV Montreal that he watched on as his father was pulled away by the man who brought him down a hill outside of his building.
Manikaraja and the suspect are members of the local Sri Lankan community. According to the victim’s brother, the two were from the same village in Sri Lanka. Continue reading