Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Man accused of stabbing ex, setting her on fire was out on bail for assault
A 30-year-old man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death and setting her on fire was on house arrest for allegedly beating up the 27-year-old woman just weeks earlier.
Toronto Police say Bridget Takyi was found around 7 a.m. Saturday on Richgrove Dr., near Weston Rd. and Eglinton Ave. W.
“Her death was extremely violent,” Homicide Det.-Sgt. Brian Borg said Monday.
He said Takyi was walking to her parked car to head to work around 4 a.m. when she was brutally attacked, allegedly by her former boyfriend.
She was stabbed, doused with “a flammable substance” and set on fire, Borg explained.
“The intensity of that fire has virtually left her body unrecognizable,” he said.
An autopsy has since determined Takyi died of stab wounds.
Within hours of the grisly killing, Borg said Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah was arrested at a Mississauga gas station with help from Peel Regional Police.
He is charged with first-degree murder.
On Dec. 5, the accused was arrested following an incident involving Takyi.
He was charged with three counts of assault, two counts each of assault with a weapon and weapons dangerous, and one count of threatening death.
Owusu-Ansah was released the same day and ordered to remain under house arrest as he awaited his Jan. 30 court appearance on those charges.
“Needless to say, at the time that this homicide was committed, the accused was in breach of numerous conditions of his court ordered release,” Borg said.
The accused killer appeared briefly at 2201 Finch Ave. W. court Sunday and is expected to appear again Tuesday for the murder charge.
Despite the arrest, Borg said the investigation is “by no means” concluded.
He has released photos of some evidence found at the murder scene — including a gas can, rubber gloves and a knife box — in the hopes someone may recognize the items and come forward.
Anyone with information regarding this killing is urged to call the Homicide Unit at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).