Title: Murder victim who was stabbed, set on fire identified
By Joshua Freeman / Dated: 21-1-13
Bridget Takyi, 27, is seen in this photo provided by Toronto police.
Toronto police have identified the 27-year-old woman whose body was found in Etobicoke over the weekend who police said met “an extremely violent end.”
Speaking at an afternoon news conference, Det. Sgt. Brian Borg said the victim, identified early Monday evening as Bridget Takyi, was stabbed and set on fire with a flammable substance.
“The intensity of that fire has virtually left her body unrecognizable,” Borg said.
Takyi was killed in the Martin Grove Road and Eglinton Avenue West area around 4 a.m. Saturday as she was walking to her car on Richgrove Drive to leave for work, police said. Her body was discovered in the street several hours later.
Police also said Monday that the suspect in the crime – arrested Saturday – was out on bail at the time of the murder. He was already facing domestic violence-related charges involving Takyi stemming from an incident that took place Dec. 5, police said. Those charges include three counts of assault, two counts of assault with a weapon and one count of threatening death against Takyi.
“At the time this crime was committed, the accused was in breach of numerous conditions of his court ordered release,” Borg said. “I do not believe that this is a case where the person acting as a surety and that posted bail for the accused’s earlier release can be held at fault for the accused leaving the location where he was staying.”
Police also released photos of evidence collected at the scene of the Takyi’s death, including a gas can, black gloves and a knife box.
On Saturday, police arrested a 30-year-old suspect identified as Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah at a Mississauga gas station in connection with the crime. He has been charged with first degree murder. He is set to appear in court Jan. 30.
The investigation is still ongoing and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.