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Saturday, December 04, 2004

In regards to that axe attack...

Surely one should be curious as to what THAT particular "related story"
was really all about...

Verily, it appears to tell us the very reason why T.O. has had such
spectacular violent crimes lately - police ineptitude.
Thankfully for them, RoboCop is just on the other side of the border,
always ready to lend a hand, an arm or any other spare parts...
Right Robo...
Aw - who am I kidding here...

T.O. police facing probe over axe attack News Staff

The Toronto Police Service is under the microscope, in the hopes of uncovering how a woman could be violently attacked hours after warning the cops she was being threatened.

The woman was attacked on Wednesday evening, by a man wielding an axe and hammer. Minutes later, police arrived on the scene and arrested her husband.

As she recovered from her injuries in a Toronto hospital on Friday, her family said the police response may have appeared quick -- but was in fact hours late.

That's because the woman says, before noon that day, she and a friend had visited the 42 Division Police Station to complain about threats from her husband.

When she left the station at 2:22 p.m., police assured the woman her husband would be arrested immediately. But he wasn't.

At a press conference on Friday, Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino conceded the case appears no to have been handled properly.

"In this particular case, something went wrong," Fantino told reporters, as he called for a full, internal review of the axe attack.

"Obviously we didn't do our job in the most effective way and we need to know why that was," he added.

According to Fantino, after she registered her complaint, the victim was advised no to go home until police could secure a warrant for her husband's arrest.

"Certainly it's a very tragic outcome, it's very sad and regrettable outcome," Fantino said. "Hopefully we can learn from it and prevent a similar situation from occurring."

The 53-year-old victim is listed in fair condition at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.

Her 55-year-old husband has been charged with attempted murder, threatening death and an unrelated firearm offense in connection with an improperly stored firearm discovered at the couple's residence.

According to Toronto Police, they had never been called to the family's home before the attack on Wednesday.

With a report from CFTO's Jim Junkin

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