Accused in region's first homicide of 2020 was father of victim, neighbour says
KITCHENER -- A 77-year-old man was in court on Monday to face a second-degree murder charge.
Ajit Kohar appeared in a Kitchener courtroom shortly after 1 p.m.
According to court documents, he's accused of killing 48-year-old Gurpal Kohar.
Police have not confirmed how the two knew each other, but a neighbour tells CTV that they were father and son.
Officers responded to the incident at a home on Marianne Dorn Trail in Doon on Saturday night for reports of an injured man.
They arrived at around 6:50 p.m. and the man was declared dead shortly after. His death marks Waterloo Region's first homicide of 2020.
The neighbour who spoke to CTV says that there is a family of five that lives at the residence where the incident happened.
Ajit Kohar's lawyer, Vikram Singh, says that the man's family is distraught over what happened.
"This is a tragedy that's struck the family, a tragedy that's struck the residents of the greater Kitchener area," he says.
Members of the Kohar family were in court on Monday but declined to comment, wishing for privacy.
The accused is scheduled to be in court again next Monday, this time appearing by video.
Police are waiting on an autopsy to determine the cause of death, but say that the death didn't involve a firearm.
The autopsy is scheduled for this week.