December 21, 2022

Eight Canadian girls charged with stabbing 59-yr-old man to death

By Biodun Busari

Canadian police have charged eight teenage girls with the murder of a 59-year-old man in Toronto, according to BBC.

The report revealed that the girls, aged between 13 and 16, are accused of stabbing the undisclosed victim on Sunday midnight.

The police described the incident as “a swarming” adding that the victim who had been living in a shelter for the homeless was attacked.

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Reacting to the attack in a statement, Toronto Mayor John Tory said he was “deeply disturbed” by the matter.

A group of passersby flagged down emergency services after finding the man with stab wounds shortly after midnight on Sunday, Toronto Police Detective Sergeant Terry Browne told reporters.

The victim, who had only recently moved into sheltered housing, later died in the hospital.

The girls, whose identities are protected under Canadian law, were arrested near the scene of the attack and a number of weapons were retrieved from them.

They had met via social media and three of them had had previous contact with police, Detective Sergeant Terry Browne said.

“We don’t know how or why they met on that evening and why that destination was downtown Toronto,” Browne said.

He added, “They were believed to have been involved in an earlier altercation the same evening.”

A resident of a nearby homeless giving account said the victim was stabbed in the stomach after trying to protect her when the girls approached her for alcohol. “I didn’t know if they had a knife or what. I was just scared,” she said.

“I am extremely troubled by the young age of those accused and by the number of people allegedly involved in this murder,” Mayor Tory said.

“My thoughts are with this man’s friends and all those who knew him as they mourn his loss,” he added.