As the city continues another week of lockdown, one Toronto man on trial is trying to get out of jail. Taufiq Stanley, who is on trial for first-degree murder, is now asking to be granted bail during these trying times. The man states that his asthma makes him "highly susceptible" to the virus. 

Stanley’s lawyer, Dirk Derstine, told CTV that living in jail puts his client at high risk of getting COVID-19, as he has suffered from asthma since a young age. 

“He is living in a facility that has the ability to cause his death, we are in the middle of a pandemic,” his lawyer, Dirk Derstine, explained during a bail hearing held via teleconference on Wednesday morning.

Toronto South Detention Centre, where Stanley is imprisoned, is currently battling an outbreak.

According to The Toronto Sun, Stanley has been in custody since June 2017.

The 23-year-old is accused of murdering 24-year-old Samatar Farah in a “senseless and pointless” murder. Farah, a student at George Brown College, was described by the investigator as “one of the good ones."

It is alleged that the college student was killed due to an ongoing feud between two townhouse complexes.

However, police do not believe he was targeted specifically. His body was found in the parking lot of the Chester Le Blvd. in Scarborough.

Toronto South Detention Centre is currently in the process of receiving inmates from the Ontario Correctional Institue. 

The Brampton jail is closing its doors after 68 people, including both inmates and staff members, tested positive for COVID-19.

It has been reported that those working for the Brampton jail, will be placed on a two-week quarantine before being allowed to work.

Since the start of the pandemic, it was announced that nearly 2,000 prisoners would be released from prison in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus. 

 

However, these inmates were said to be low-risk and would not be a danger to the public. 

The inmates are going to be released over the next few months.  

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