Police have charged one man in connection with the murder of a St. Lucian national in Calgary, Canada on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Haden Gidel Didier, 29, of a Calgary address has been charged with second-degree murder for the stabbing death of 25-year-old Kurlan Rick Joseph.
A report in the Calgary Herald newspaper quoted police as saying that Didier and Joseph knew each other and were residents of the apartment building in which the homicide was committed.
An autopsy has determined that stabbing was the cause of Joseph’s died.
Investigations by St. Lucia News Online revealed that before migrating to Canada, Joseph was training to become a police officer in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force but he was disqualified for a criminal record.
He was a resident of Banse La Grace in Laborie and a student of the Banse La Grace Combined School and Choisuel Secondary School.
A press release from the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit stated: “Just before 2 a.m. yesterday, Wednesday, May 1, 2013, police responded to a 911 call for a disturbance at a residence in the 6400 block of Travois Place N.W.
“When they arrived, police found one man who was pronounced dead at the scene. One man in the area was taken into custody for questioning. An autopsy determined Kurlan Rick Joseph, 25, of Calgary, died as a result of a stabbing. Haden Gidel Didier, 29, of Calgary is charged with one count of second-degree murder. He will make his first court appearance this morning, Thursday, May 2, 2013.”
The Calgary Herald newspaper quoted a Patricia Cardinal who disclosed that “she had just fallen asleep when she heard a scream from the building manager”.
The remainder of the Herald article is as follows:
“It was a blood-curdling scream, she was just crying hysterically,” Cardinal said.
When she went to investigate, someone told her to call police because there had been a stabbing.
The building manager’s father, Herb Mortimer, said police were recently called to the building.
“Last week there were two evictions because of stuff going on in there,” he said.
“It took the police quite a while to get them out of there, and finally they get them out of there and the next day they kicked (my daughter’s) door in and threatened to kill her and her husband. She’s been terrified ever since,” Mortimer said.
He said there were suspicions of drug activity in the building.
He learned of the death on the morning news and came to check on his daughter, who was uninjured.
The three-storey building was cordoned off with police tape Wednesday morning. The police forensic crime scene unit concentrated the search on the second level of the complex.
The death marks Calgary’s seventh homicide of the year.
SOURCES: Calgary Herald/Stephane Massinon, Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit and St Lucia News Online (SNO)