Man, 41, charged with 2nd-degree murder of female roommate he allegedly met through social media

WATCH ABOVE: As Catherine McDonald reports, the accused Richard Isaac has a history of convictions for domestic assault.

Toronto police say they have charged a man in relation to a homicide that claimed the life of a 28-year-old woman on June 11.

Police said 41-year-old Richard Isaac from Brampton was arrested on the evening of Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m., and charged with second-degree murder in the death of Victoria Selby-Readman.

Officers said they were called to a fifth-floor apartment on Richmond Street West around 5:14 p.m. Monday for a suspicious death call. They found Selby-Readman with obvious signs of trauma and she was pronounced dead on the scene.

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Det. Paul Worden told Global News Selby-Readman met Isaac after posting an advertisement for a roommate on social media. He said Isaac moved in three to four weeks prior to the incident.

Gary Readman, Selby-Readman’s father, said his daughter was loving, careful and trusting.

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Her father said he talked to his daughter daily and tried to call her on June 11 but her phone was off. When he could not reach her the following day, Readman said he knew something was wrong with her.

It’s then, he said, that he went to her fifth floor apartment and made the horrifying discovery.

Worden said Isaac was arrested at a trailer park in Fenelon Falls.

Worden said Isaac was wanted on an outstanding warrant in Durham region on a domestic incident for making harassing phone calls, unlawful entry and breach of a peace bond.

Global News has learned Isaac has eight prior convictions.

Court documents obtained by Global News found the most recent conviction was in March 2018 for domestic assault and mischief, for which he was handed a 24-month suspended sentence and a 10-year weapons prohibition.

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In January 2008, Isaac was also convicted of assault and failing to comply with probation in relation to a domestic incident involving his ex-wife. For that, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years probation.

He will remain in custody until at least his next court appearance by video on July 4.

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The detective warns anyone looking to find a roommate to do “some research no matter how desperate you are.”

“If you need help with the rent, it’s worth the time and effort to do background checks, contact previous landlords and get references.”

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Investigators believe that other woman have been contacted by or have contacted Isaac over social media platforms. They are asking anyone who may have done so to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.


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