Toronto man charged with first-degree murder after woman killed in machete attack
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Thursday, September 12, 2019 2:11PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, September 12, 2019 5:08PM EDT
A 38-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after a Toronto woman was killed in an apparent machete attack in Scarborough’s Highland Creek neighbourhood on Wednesday, Toronto police say.
Officers were called to the area of Fishery Road, located near Ellesmere and Conlins roads, for a stabbing at around 6:15 p.m.
Insp. Stacey Davis told CP24 Wednesday that officers received multiple calls from witnesses that saw a man allegedly chasing a woman with a machete.
Police told CP24 that the man struck the woman repeatedly and she was found with 'horrific' injuries.
The victim, identified Thursday as Tharshika Jeganathan, 27, was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Davis said the suspect, who has now been identified as 38-year-old Toronto resident Sasikaran Thanapalasingam, drove to 42 Division following the incident to turn himself in to police.
A police source told CP24 that the victim was from Sri Lanka and was married to the suspect.
Prior to her death, the source said, Jeganathan had plans to end the marriage.
Thanapalasingam is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.
“Investigators wish to speak to anyone who may have knowledge concerning this investigation or previous history concerning the victim and accused,” police said in a news release issued Thursday.