Woman stabbed at Toronto law office dies in hospital, suspect facing upgraded charges: police

A Toronto man charged in connection with the stabbing of a 29-year-old woman at a downtown law office is expected to face upgraded charges after she died in a local hospital on Sunday, police say.

Emergency crews were called to the criminal defence firm Hicks Adams LLP on King Street East, just east of Sherbourne Street, before 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Paramedics rushed the victim, who was later identified as Julia Ferguson — an administrative assistant at the firm, to a hospital. However, she died at the facility on Sunday.

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Investigators said the suspect took off after the stabbing, but later surrendered to officers.

The accused in the case, 33-year-old Osman Osman, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and assault with a weapon. He was remanded into custody.

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Det.-Sgt. Tiffany Castell said the suspect is facing an upgraded second-degree murder charge. She also said it appears the attack was not random.

“The accused had a relationship with the business … not with the female victim in this incident,” Castell said, adding she couldn’t provide additional information since the case is before the court.

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