A stabbing outside a Toronto courthouse left a man dead and a bystander wounded, but the man’s lawyer said Monday that police failed to act when he called for help.
The man, 25-year-old David Flemming, was stabbed in the neck, chest and back outside the courthouse.
Police said they had been called to the courthouse at about 1 a.m. for a report of a man with a knife.
The incident happened on the same day as a similar incident outside the Ontario Court of Justice in Etobicoke, where a man was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of an elderly man who was killed by police a year ago.
“I think the police department failed to respond to his request for help,” Flemting’s lawyer, David Lapan, said outside the Toronto court.
“If he had called them to his home, they would have been able to get there and intervene.”
He said police had not been made aware of the stabbing.
The suspect, who was not identified, fled on foot when he was apprehended, Lapan said.
The courthouse is open to the public, but Flembing’s father said the family does not live there.
“It’s like a prison, and it’s hard to imagine how anybody can get out of that place,” David Fmming said.
He said he would be asking the Ontario Supreme Court to order an independent review of the incident.
Flemning’s brother, who lives in Mississauga, said his brother was trying to help a friend.
“The whole situation was totally out of character,” Justin Flemding said outside court.
Police have said Flemings is facing two charges in connection with the stabbing: attempted murder and second-chance murder.
They said the victim, who suffered multiple stab wounds, died in hospital.
The stabbing comes at a time when Toronto has seen a spike in violence, with more than 500 people killed in 2017.
Toronto police were called to a shooting on the city’s west side at about 4:30 a.c.
Monday after a man reported a “suspected domestic dispute.”
The man was later found dead at the scene.
Fmings brother said police were too late.
“They had to call the police and there was no response,” he said.
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