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Woman charged in stabbing

A woman faces a second-degree murder charge in the stabbing of a man in St. James Friday night.

Brandon Lee How, 39, died after being stabbed in the upper body at the Capri Apartments at 2130 Portage Avenue around 9 p.m.

Police said How, a woman and a man, 42, were socializing when the two men got into a fight that resulted in both of them suffering injuries.

The woman intervened and How was stabbed, police said. All three people were taken to hospital, where How died of his injuries.

One resident of the apartment block described coming outside to see an immobile man on the ground.

A woman he described as "hysterical" was standing off to the side, holding a pair of scissors.

"She was yelling something to the effect of, 'He attacked me.' She was ranting," the man told the Free Press.

Dawn Marie McFadyen, 32, has been charged in How's killing. She's being held in custody and has not yet made a bail application.

How's death marks the 23rd homicide in Winnipeg in 2013.

 

Dangerous-offender bid

THE Crown began its bid Monday to see a Winnipeg father labelled a dangerous offender and locked up indefinitely for the severe sexual abuse he inflicted on his daughters.

The offender, 49, cannot be identified under a court order.

Police arrested the accused in September 2011. He pleaded guilty last year to charges of sexual assault causing bodily harm, making child pornography, forcible confinement, use of a firearm, invitation to sexual touching, possession of child pornography and careless storage of weapons.

The investigation began when one of the victims walked into a police station seeking help. She then outlined a series of incidents that occurred between 2002 and 2009 involving her and her sister while living with the accused.

Police seized more than 500 VHS tapes, 332 computer discs and more than 127,000 images of child pornography from the man's home.

It took five investigators working exclusively on the case "several months" to review all the footage seized, Det. Michael Olson of the Internet Child Exploitation unit testified Monday.

Court is closed to the public during portions of the hearings where a selection of the video evidence will be played for Court of Queen's Bench Justice Brenda Keyser.

The Crown insists this is a necessary procedure, despite objections from the defence it would allow the accused "another opportunity" to view the "extremely sensitive" material.

If Keyser finds the man to be a dangerous offender, the onus then falls on him to prove he can be safely released from prison. The hearings are expected to last more than two weeks.

 

Two dead in highway crash

TWO people died as a result of a two-vehicle collision north of Petersfield on Highway 9 around noon Monday.

RCMP said a 72-year-old man from the RM of St. Andrews was driving northbound when he lost control of his vehicle. He crashed into a southbound vehicle, killing an 82-year-old woman who was a passenger in the southbound vehicle.

The 51-year-old man driving the southbound vehicle was treated for non-life-threatening injuires.

The names of the people who died will not be released.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 19, 2013 A6

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