Manslaughter charge laid in Guelph, Ont., after assault victim dies: police

Guelph police block off a home on Beattie Street Friday night. Matt Carty / Global News

Guelph police say charges against a 43-year-old have been upgraded to manslaughter after a man who was involved in an altercation in the city’s north end died in hospital.

Officers were called to a home on Beattie Street on Friday night and found two men in the garage.

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A 59-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries, while the other was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Staff Sgt. Jeimy Karavelus said it was not a random event.

“The parties were known to each other, there was no risk to public safety, there was also no evidence of any weapons present,” he said in a phone interview.

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The victim died on Sunday, but police did not make that announcement until Tuesday when they said the suspect’s charge had been upgraded to manslaughter.

Guelph police did not identify the suspect or the victim.

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