The Canadian Press
December 29, 2022
TORONTO — A group of teenage girls facing second-degree murder charges in the death of a homeless man in Toronto is set to return to court in the new year.
Toronto police have said three 13-year-olds, three 14-year-olds, and two 16-year-olds allegedly swarmed and stabbed a 59-year-old man in the downtown core in mid-December and he later died in hospital.
The identities of the accused cannot be released under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
During a brief court appearance on Thursday, a lawyer for one of the girls requested Crown lawyers disclose a video of the alleged attack posted on the popular online video platform TikTok.
A judge said some of the teens are still in the process of retaining a lawyer so that’s also why the case needs to be put over.
The teens are scheduled to appear in youth court on Jan. 5, 2023, when it is expected that a date will be set for bail hearings.
Police have said they believe the teens congregated after meeting on social media and are from homes across the Greater Toronto Area.