Court appearance for Rockwood murder suspect
Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012 11:35AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:52PM EDT
A man charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of a woman in Rockwood, Ont. was in court Wednesday.
Xhevahir Myftari, 36, arrived in a Guelph court around 10:30 a.m. He had been arrested on Tuesday morning in Mississauga, Ont.
His court appearance was brief and he said very little, but one of his hands was heavily bandaged.
On Monday evening OPP found the body of a woman inside her home on Gamble Lane. There are unconfirmed reports she had been stabbed.
The identity of the victim has not been released, but police say Myftari also lived at the Rockwood home.
Artis Tiltins is Myftari’s defence attorney and says his client is of Albanian descent and speaks little English. He does speak German and an interpreter has been been requested.
He adds that the defence is still waiting to learn more about the case against Myftari.
“I got a brief, allegations, synopsis from the Crown in what appears to be some allegations in some quasi-domestic contest and obviously nothing is proven yet.”
Myftari has been remanded in custody until he appears in court again by video link.
At the scene where the woman’s body was found, flowers are now visible, reportedly placed there by family and friends of the victim.
Area resident Sigie Bieber says “We’re really glad they caught the gentleman they think responsible for it. It’s a really sad, sad situation and everyone would like some kind of resolution.”
A sense of shock and sadness remains along with the relief that followed the arrest.
Police find evidence in Toronto
Meanwhile police in Toronto's 22 Division say a purse belonging to the woman who was killed has been found.
Wellington County OPP investigators were called to the area of 627 The West Mall in Toronto's west end on Wednesday evening.
The purse was reportedly thrown away in the area, and OPP are continuing to investigate.
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