Friday 19 July, 2019

Toronto van driver charged with 10 counts of murder

(Image: AP: The scene of the incident in Toronto on 23 April 2018)

(Image: AP: The scene of the incident in Toronto on 23 April 2018)

A judge in Canada has ordered the 25-year-old man suspected of driving a van into pedestrians in north Toronto detained on 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder.

Suspect Alek Minassian learned of the charges in a brief initial hearing before a judge in Toronto on Tuesday. He wore a white jail jumpsuit and had his hands handcuffed. He showed little emotion.

He was asked to say his name and if he understood an order not to have any contact with anyone injured in Monday's crash. He did not enter a plea to the charges and was ordered to return to court on 10 May.

Police in Toronto are piecing together witness accounts and surveillance video to determine what happened.

Authorities so far have not disclosed a possible motive or cause, though "the incident definitely looked deliberate", Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters at a late-night news conference.

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