Victim is Toronto’s first homicide of 2008
The 14-year-old stepdaughter and daughter of two veteran Toronto police officers was stabbed multiple times and left to die on a sidewalk near her east Toronto home in what police believe was a twisted plot allegedly hatched by another teenaged girl.
Yesterday, police officers arrested and charged a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl with first-degree murder. Neither their names nor the victim’s can be released under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Homicide investigators are still trying to unravel what led to the slaying, Toronto’s first of 2008, but are working on a theory the accused are boyfriend and girlfriend and the girl encouraged him to kill the victim for reasons that aren’t yet clear.
Police don’t believe she was present during the New Year’s Day attack nor do they think there were any romantic ties between the victim and the accused. They were acquaintances from the neighbourhood and did not attend the same school.
The victim is the daughter of a police officer at Scarborough’s 42 Division and stepdaughter of a sergeant with the Emergency Task Force.
The accused made brief court appearances together yesterday afternoon at youth court at 311 Jarvis St. Neither appeared to have any family members in court. Wearing a white and blue plaid shirt, the stocky teenaged boy was led into the prisoner’s box in handcuffs while the long, black-haired accused girl, wearing a parka, sat on a chair outside the enclosure surrounded by court security staff.
A ban on publication was ordered though no evidence was called. The pair was remanded until this morning for a bail hearing in Etobicoke court. The Crown’s intention is to seek an adult sentence for both should they be found guilty.
youth justice act
- Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, a person under 18 found guilty of first-degree murder can be sentenced up to 10 years including six years in custody, the rest under conditional supervision to be served in the community.