Oluwatobi Boyede pleads guilty to second-degree murder of Josie Glenn

Josephine "Josie" Glenn.
Josephine "Josie" Glenn. London Police Service

More than two years after 26-year-old Josie Glenn’s remains were found, the suspect in the case has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The unexpected development came during a pre-trial appearance on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Glenn was reported missing on Oct. 23, 2017. Four days later, her remains were found and then-25-year-old Oluwatobi Boyede was arrested at an address on South Leaksdale Circle.

On Tuesday, Boyede pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. An agreed-upon statement of facts showed that Glenn’s dismembered remains were found in garbage bags in Boyede’s garage.

“I don’t think anyone was more surprised than I was by that,” Boyede’s Lawyer Keli Mersereau said when asked about the sudden plea.

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“The Crown has indicated to me that he will be seeking no eligibility for parole until at least 15 years.”

Mersereau said that she does have the option to suggest a lesser time for parole eligibility.

Court documents say police had a break in the Glenn case when they learned that a phone number tied to Boyede had been used to arrange a taxi to go to the adult massage parlor where Glenn worked the morning before she was reported missing.

Boyede had been charged in February 2017 with sexually assaulting and forcibly confining another sex worker, and had been out on bail, with a curfew, and conditions not to communicate with sex workers. He was later found guilty in that case and will be sentenced March 3rd.

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Concerned about the similarities between the two incidents, police entered Boyede’s home on Oct. 27, 2017 and placed him into custody, and later discovered Glenn’s remains.

In the statement of facts Boyede admitted to choking Glenn and that by doing so he meant to cause her bodily harm. The statement goes on to say Glenn’s dismembered remains were found in garbage bags in Boyede’s garage.

A post-mortem examination determined that Glenn had “at least 159 sharp defects” on her body — all of which were caused after her death.

A friend of Glenn’s told Global News Radio 980 CFPL back in 2017 that she was “nice to a fault.”

Jami Jacklyn met and became friends with Glenn through Jacklyn’s hair extension business. Jacklyn said she would remember Glenn for her bubbly personality, her love for animals and her talent as a singer.

A sentencing date will be determined on March 4.

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