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Crime Toronto attack: Canadian man who used rental van to run down pedestrians found guilty of first-degree murder

11:21  04 march  2021
11:21  04 march  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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The Toronto van attack was a vehicle-ramming attack that occurred on April 23, 2018, when a rented van was driven along Yonge Street through the North York City Centre business district in Toronto

A Canadian man who killed 10 people by ploughing a van into pedestrians in Toronto has been found guilty on all 26 charges related to the 2018 attack . Alek Minassian had admitted the attack , but his lawyers argued he was not criminally responsible due to his autism spectrum disorder. He told investigators he had set out to kill as many people as possible and that he drew inspiration from the misogynistic "incel" movement of mostly online groups of young men who blame their lack of sexual activity on women. Asked by investigators how he felt about the harm he had caused, the attacker

A Canadian judge has ruled that a man who admitted to renting a van to run down and kill pedestrians in 2018 is guilty on 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.

a police car parked in front of a truck: TORONTO, ON - APRIL 23: Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least eight people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave. on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) © Cole Burston/Getty Images TORONTO, ON - APRIL 23: Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least eight people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave. on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. A suspect is in custody after a white van collided with multiple pedestrians. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

Alek Minassian had already admitted to planning and carrying out the attack but his defense team argued he was not criminally responsible for his actions because of his autism spectrum disorder.

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TORONTO — A man who admitted using a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto was found guilty on Wednesday in a case that drew attention to an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and misogyny. Alek Minassian faced 10 counts of first - degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the April 23, 2018 Minassian, 28, told police he belonged to an online community of sexually frustrated men , some of whom have plotted attacks on people who have sex. He admitted to police that he drove a rental van into crowds of pedestrians in a busy north Toronto neighborhood.

A Canadian man who killed 10 people when he drove a rental van on to a crowded Toronto sidewalk has been found guilty of murder , after a judge rejected defense arguments that he was unable to understand the consequence of his actions. Alek Minassian was convicted of 10 counts of first - degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in a hearing held online on The judge spoke of the “numerous ordinary citizens who tended to the injured and comforted the dying at the scene” as well those who tried to wrest control of the van from the accused and shouted to warn pedestrians .

Justice Anne Molloy rejected that argument, and in her decision ruled that the defendant understood the gravity of his murderous rampage.

"He freely chose the option that was morally wrong, knowing what the consequences would be for himself, and for everybody else," said Molloy as she read out part of her decision via video link.

Molloy said the 28-year-old showed no remorse and did not empathize with his victims although, she ruled, this was not an adequate defense.

Victims and their family members reacted to the verdict with a measure of relief and sadness at a news conference in Toronto.

"It was the best I could hope for, I think it was a fair decision and he can spend the rest of his life in jail because he deserves it," said Cathy Riddell, critically injured in the attack in April of 2018.

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The rented van used to kill 10 people in Toronto , Canada , in 2018. A Toronto court has ruled that a Canadian man knew just what he was doing when he plowed a van into terrified people on a crowded city street in 2018, finding him guilty of 10 first - degree murders and 16 attempted murders . In delivering her verdict via video on Wednesday, Ontario Superior Court Justice Anne Molloy only referred to the killer, Alek Minassian, as ‘John Doe’, saying he craved publicity for his actions on April 23, 2018.

TORONTO (AP) — A man who admitted using a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto was found guilty on Wednesday in a case that drew attention to an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and misogyny.. Alek Minassian faced 10 counts of first - degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the April 23, 2018 Minassian, 28, told police he belonged to an online community of sexually frustrated men , some of whom have plotted attacks on people who have sex. He admitted to police that he drove a rental van into crowds of pedestrians in a busy north Toronto neighborhood.

Riddell said while she has no memory of what happened to her on that day, she found the details of the attack quite traumatizing to hear during the trial.

In a statement, the Ontario Autism Coalition said the organization was relieved by the guilty verdict.

"We hope that this decision can now lift the dark cloud that has hung over this trial, with a firm rejection of the use of autism as a defense in this case. Violent traits have no connection to autism; in fact, people on the autism spectrum are far more likely to be victims as opposed to perpetrators of violence," reads the statement.

Molloy did not refer to the defendant by name as she read parts of her decision and asked, but did not order, media to do the same and deprive the Toronto man of the fame that he so wanted in carrying out the attack.

She referred to him as "John Doe" throughout the verdict and referred to the fact that his desire for notoriety and fame played a crucial role in his determination to commit mass murder.

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A man who admitted using a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto was found guilty on Wednesday in a case that drew attention to an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and misogyny. Alek Minassian faced 10 counts of first - degree murder and 16 counts of attempted Minassian, 28, told police he belonged to an online community of sexually frustrated men , some of whom have plotted attacks on people who have sex. He admitted to police that he drove a rental van into crowds of pedestrians in a busy north Toronto neighborhood. Eight women and two men ranging in age from 22 to 94 died.

A man who admitted using a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto has been found guilty in a case that drew attention to an online world of sexual loneliness, rage and misogyny. Alek Minassian faced 10 counts of first - degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in connection with the April 23, 2018 Minassian, 28, told police he belonged to an online community of sexually frustrated men , some of whom have plotted attacks on people who have sex. He admitted to police that he drove a rental van into crowds of pedestrians in a busy north Toronto neighbourhood. Eight women and two men

"I am acutely aware that all of this attention and media coverage is exactly what this man sought from the start," she said.

Nick D'Amico, whose sister, Anna Maria D'Amico died in the attack said he agreed with Molloy and said he had not used the name of the "perpetrator" since the attack.

"I think she's setting a precedent for how things should be conducted moving forward and if there's one thing that we can take away from today, it's that. We need to protect those who may be victims in the future," said D'Amico during a news conference in Toronto.

Molloy said that expert testimony from forensic psychiatrists during trial gave her insights into the defendant's motives and actions before, during and after the attack.

Fame and notoriety seemed to be the overriding motivation for the defendant, she said, noting that before the attack he posted on social media that, "The Incel Rebellion has already begun!". The "Incel" movement is short for "involuntarily celibate" and is made up almost entirely of men who claim they are unjustly rejected by women.

Some social media posts and discussions by people claiming to adhere to the Incel movement are filled with hate-filled rants against women.

In a statement, Toronto's mayor echoed the sentiment of many victims and their families that the van attack was a hate crime.

"Make no mistake this was an attack fueled by misogyny and hatred of women and should be treated as such. We must all stand up against this kind of hateful behavior and those who promote it," said Mayor John Tory.

Molloy said she will hear arguments on sentencing later this month. The Toronto man faces a minimum of 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

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