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Eaton Centre shooting charges upgraded

By Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun

Christopher Husbands, accused in the Eaton Centre shooting, makes a brief court appearance Monday, June 4, 2012. (Pam Davies sketch/Special to the Sun)

Christopher Husbands, accused in the Eaton Centre shooting, makes a brief court appearance Monday, June 4, 2012. (Pam Davies sketch/Special to the Sun)

TORONTO - 

Accused Eaton Centre shooter Christopher Husbands is now facing two charges of first-degree murder.

Toronto Police announced Wednesday that Husbands faced a second murder charge, two days after 22-year-old Nixon Nirmalendran died in hospital.

Four bullets tore through Nirmalendran’s neck and chest in the June 2 shooting at the Urban Eatery food court in the Eaton Centre.

Husbands, 23, made a brief appearance at Old City Hall Court Wednesday before Justice of the Peace Latly Vu remanded him in custody.

Wearing the same outfit as his prior appearance on June 4 — a navy hoodie, jeans and a grey jacket — Husbands addressed Vu softly when asked his name.

He appeared stoic and for much of the 15-minute appearance, turned his back to reporters and police — including lead investigator Det.-Sgt. Brian Borg — who was seated in court. He eyed defence lawyer Jacqueline An’s notes, as she stood by the prisoner’s box.

Husbands also faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Ahmed Hassan, 24, plus five counts of attempted murder and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

There is a publication ban on the names of the living victims in the shooting, however, Vu lifted the ban Wednesday on Nicholas Kalakonis, 22, who was hit in the thigh by a bullet.

Husbands’s will appear in court June 25 in connection with an unrelated charge.

 


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