Canada 'It was getting terrifying:' students attend hearing for alleged feces-thrower
Montreal woman demands answers after learning her alleged harasser has history of sexual assault
Less than a year after being found not criminally responsible on two counts of sexual assault, a Côte Saint-Luc man is back before the courts for allegedly harassing a Concordia University student. Adamo Bono, 38, is expected at the Montreal courthouse Thursday morning for his bail hearing. He's charged with criminal harassment. Last year around this time, he was before a judge on a totally separate case, in which he was accused of sexually assaulting two different people. In December 2018, Quebec Court Judge Flavia Longo found Bono not criminally responsible due to mental disorder.
TORONTO — Dozens of university students crowded a Toronto courthouse Wednesday as a man accused of dumping liquefied feces on strangers at two campus libraries and a downtown sidewalk had his bail hearing adjourned until next week.
Samuel Opoku, 23, made a brief appearance to face five counts each of assault with a weapon and mischief related to three alleged attacks, spending much of the time hunched in the prisoner's box and looking straight down.
The case had to be moved to a larger courtroom to accommodate throngs of onlookers — many of them students — who blocked a courthouse hallway as they vied for one of the few seats in the room where bail hearings usually take place.
Police investigating after feces, urine reportedly thrown in 2 Toronto university libraries
Police said the first incident was reported on Friday at a University of Toronto library and the second incident was reported two days later at a York University library. In both incidents, students allege fecal matter was tossed at them, according to police. The police divisions in each area are collaborating to confirm the details and determine whether the two incidents are connected and if they may have involved the same suspect. Police said Monday morning that no arrests have been made.
"There were students from Ryerson, from U of T, York. It was interesting how we kind of united on this," said Ruth Masuka, a second-year U of T student who waited upwards of four hours for Opoku to appear.
The students bonded over the fear that they might have been the next victim, she said, noting that tensions were already high due to impending exams.
"Every space is unsafe. It was a very public setting," Masuka said. "It's just a recipe for a scary energy."
Felipe Santos, a recent grad who still spends a lot of time on the University of Toronto campus that was the scene of one attack, said most people who turned up for the hearing were "morbidly curious."
"I felt a bit of the fear that everybody felt, so I was here out of curiosity of what would bring somebody to do this kind of thing," said Santos.
Police searching for suspect after feces hurled onto people at Toronto universities
Police have released a photo of a suspect after people at two Toronto universities had feces thrown on them last week.Police have released a photo of a suspect after people at two Toronto universities had feces thrown on them last week.
Toronto police allege a man wearing a yellow construction hat threw liquefied fecal matter on a woman and a young person on Friday at U of T's John P. Robarts Research Library.
The same suspect is believed to have attacked a man and a woman at York University's Scott Library on Sunday, and a woman at a downtown intersection near U of T on Monday night.
Outside court, Opoku's lawyer Jordan Weisz noted there was little he could share due to a publication ban protecting information presented during a bail hearing, but said he understands the degree of interest in the case.
"As things progress, I'll certainly be prepared and willing to provide information to the public, who understandably is concerned and interested to get the full story," he said. "Obviously the public doesn't have the full story at this point."
Asked whether his client had any underlying mental health issues, Weisz noted "the nature of the allegations suggests that," but declined to provide more details other than to say Opoku was shocked by the allegations against him.
"He was in shock, I think that's probably a fair characterization," he said. "Understandably, to say the least, it's not a pleasant situation to be sitting in a courtroom with the public scrutiny that he's currently having to endure."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2019.
Nicole Thompson , The Canadian Press
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TORONTO — The 23-year-old man accused of flinging feces at Toronto university students will wait another two more weeks for a bail hearing. Samuel Opoku made a brief appearance in room 128 of Old City Hall Court Tuesday afternoon, dressed in a denim shirt and dark grey pants. Samuel Opoku made a brief appearance in room 128 of Old City Hall Court Tuesday afternoon, dressed in a denim shirt and dark grey pants. He sat swivelling in a plush blue office chair with his hands cuffed in front of him as his lawyer and the Crown notified the court that they had settled on a date for a special — meaning longer than usual — bail hearing.
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