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TORONTO: Lascelles Allen charged with first-degree murder in death of former girlfriend, Suraiya Gangaram

Man accused of fatal stabbing still in hospital

CBC News Posted: May 10, 2015 12:07 PM ET Last Updated: May 10, 2015 5:27 PM ET

Toronto police say a man who threw himself in front of a train and survived is now charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his former girlfriend.

Det.-Sgt. Steve Ryan told reporters Sunday morning that 51-year-old Lascelles Allen has been charged in the death of Suraiya Gangaram, a mother of three school-age children whose body was found on Friday.

“Suraiya’s young daughter returned home from school and found her mom lying on her kitchen floor. She was obviously dead,” said Ryan.

Lascelles AllenLascelles Allen, 51, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his former girlfriend, Suraiya Gangaram. (Trevor Dunn/CBC)

“Approximately one half-hour later, [he] attempted to jump in front of a westbound Via train near Markham Road and Cougar Court. He survived his injuries and is currently in hospital.”

Gangaram had been living in a townhouse on Danzig Street at the time of her death.

“It was despicable and incredibly cowardly in my view,” Ryan said, of the killing.

Ryan said that Allen and Gangaram, 31, were previously in a relationship for about two years.

It ended last year after Allen was charged with domestic assault, Ryan said.

Relationship ended last year

Gangaram and Allen were not married and they did not have any children together.

Police are releasing an image of Allen in a bid to establish his activities prior to Friday’s events.

Suraiya GangaramSuraiya Gangaram, 31, was found stabbed to death on Friday. On Sunday, Toronto police announced that her former boyfriend had been charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death. (Trevor Dunn/CBC)

Ryan said police are also trying to piece together the sequence of events after Gangaram was killed.

“We’re trying to learn how he got from the homicide scene to the train tracks,” he said.

Ryan said it is believed that Gangaram had agreed to meet with Allen on Friday, so that she could return some property to him.

“There was a pre-arranged meeting. She was going to return some property to him on that Friday and my understanding is that’s how they came to be that day,” he said.

Gangaram was at home by herself at the time of the meeting.

After Allen was charged with domestic assault last year, he was not supposed to make contact with Gangaram, Ryan said.

In light of Friday’s discoveries, Allen has been charged with failing to comply with recognizance, in addition to first-degree murder.

A police news release did not indicate when Allen will appear in court. Ryan said he is still in hospital.

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