A 17-year-old St. Lucian appeared in a Toronto court briefly today on a second-degree murder charge for fatally stabbing an older student who allegedly tried to part a fight at a high school, reliable sources from the Canadian-St. Lucia community have informed St. Lucia News Online (SNO).
The suspect, who cannot be named because he’s a minor under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act of Canada, will remain in custody until his next scheduled court appearance next month. He turned himself in to police Tuesday evening, accompanied by his lawyer.
The St. Lucian teen, who reportedly migrated to Canada from Vieux Fort recently, is accused of inflicting multiple stab wounds on Hamid Aminzada, a 19-year-old student who intervened in a hallway confrontation between two other students, police say.
Aminzada, who migrated to Canada from Afghanistan about two years ago, died in hospital. The stabbing took place at around midday Tuesday at North Albion Collegiate Institute in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke.
“It is alleged that there was an ongoing dispute between two students at the school, which led to a confrontation between the two students in the school hallway. Another student intervened to defuse the situation, which resulted in him being stabbed. He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and later succumbed to his injuries,” Tortonto police said in a news release.
However, sources close to the St. Lucian family told SNO that the suspect was bullied at school by the elder children and he reacted in self-defense.
“He is a very quiet boy,” one of the sources stated.