In his reasons for sentence over zoom, Justice Edward Prutschi called the circumstances of this case ‘a colossal tragedy that has utterly destroyed two extended families.’ Continue reading
Catherine McDonald is Global News Toronto’s veteran crime reporter. Catherine worked as a reporter in Red Deer, Alberta and Victoria, BC before moving to Toronto in November 2000 where she has worked at Global for the past 19 years. She began reporting exclusively on crime shortly after covering the release of Karla Homolka from prison in 2005.
A graduate of McGill University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Catherine has covered some of the biggest crime stories in the Greater Toronto Area over the years, including the disappearance and murder of 10-year-old Holly Jones in 2003, the murder of Markham woman Alicia Ross in 2005, the Bruce McArthur serial killer investigation and the murders of billionaires Honey and Barry Sherman.
Spending a lot of time in court, some of the notable trials she won’t forget include the trial of two Mississauga sisters convicted of first-degree murder after drowning their mother in a bathtub in 2002, the trial of a Toronto anaesthesiologist convicted of sexually assaulting 21 women while they were sedated on the operating room table between 2006 and 2010 and the trial of three Toronto police officers charged with gang sexual assault. More recently, Catherine has covered the trial of a man found guilty of driving while drunk and stoned – killing a young father who was the son-in-law of a senior officer from York Regional Police – and the guilty plea and sentencing of a once well-respected lawyer who was married to a Justice of the Peace from Newmarket, who was convicted of bigamy and forging divorce documents.
When not chasing bad guys and telling the stories of the victims left behind, Catherine can be found at the gym or at the playground chasing after her two little girls aged 4 and 6.
Leahain Malcolm, Rupert Brown’s partner, was arrested on Saturday and charged with second-degree murder. Continue reading →
“She had been his biggest champion in trying to get him help for years. She was thoughtful, she was creative and funny and she loved her children.” Continue reading →
Investigators said they have since found human remains and said DNA testing is currently underway. Continue reading →
“It is devastating when we hear about a woman being murdered and to think that … in last night’s case the four children were witnessing this.” Continue reading →
Toronto police say a man has been charged after human remains were found in an investigation linked to a missing woman and a fatal police shooting. Continue reading →
“Nats would never have gone this long without contacting either myself of Amanda.” Continue reading →
“It’s just one piece of an entire program that we’re developing right now with the objective of [wanting] to save lives.” Continue reading →
Priya Ramdin said she still struggles to believe her daughter is dead and has many questions about the night she last saw her only child alive. Continue reading →
The school was told failing to comply could result in charges being issued under section 10 of the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA). Continue reading →
“He was a fantastic son. He was a very nice, calm guy and (he) was looking forward to the future.” Continue reading →
Global News has learned the victim is still missing despite investigators having charged her son with first-degree murder. Continue reading →
“I murdered him. What are you doing? It’s not an assault. It’s murder. I murdered him, I pushed him in front of the subway,”John Reszetnik said, according to the statement of facts Continue reading →
“He was left there on the cold hard ground. He did not deserve that. I am haunted by the fact that if a 911 call had been made he might still be alive today.” Continue reading →
“Today was supposed to be our ninth anniversary. You were so special, so precious to kind,” Jason Parreno said in a post on social media. Continue reading →