It has been nearly five full months since the van attack in Toronto, which claimed the lives of 10 people and injured more than a dozen others. Many of those who survived have injuries that they will carry for the rest of the lives.
Police caught a suspect soon after the incident, with the officer who made the arrest receiving praise for his actions.
Today the suspect will make an appearance in court.
Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder for what police say he did on April 23 of this year.
Police allege that it was Minassian who was behind the wheel of a white van that ran down numerous people in the Yonge and Sheppard area of the city.
Video from Yonge and Finch at Toronto pic.twitter.com/YvS8GcJ8pg— Vince (@vce7) April 23, 2018
Today’s appearance will not be the first by Minassian since his arrest. He briefly appeared in court via video soon after his arrest.
The prosecution and Minassian’s lawyer asked that the trail be held over until now due to the high volume of disclosure surrounding the case at the time.
While the van attack has been seen as similar to other such incidents in western Europe by terrorist organizations, Toronto police have said that there is not enough evidence to bring terrorism charges against Minassian.
Shortly before the attack, Minassian posted a message on Facebook in which he seemed to describe himself as someone who is an 'incel' or involuntary celibate."
"The Incel Rebellion has already begun," Minassian wrote in the post. Many have seen this as a possible motive for the attack but it has not been confirmed.
Source: Global News