Man found guilty of stabbing his mother to death at work in Toronto’s PATH underground system

A man accused of stabbing his own mother to death in 2019 has been convicted by a jury of first degree murder.

Duncan Sinclair, now 22, was 19 at the time of the murder of Rae Cara Carrington, who was stabbed at least 11 times while working in the PATH underground network in downtown Toronto.

Sinclair had pleaded not guilty to a single count of first degree murder in Toronto Superior Court. Judge Anne Molloy presided over the trial.

He showed little emotion when reading his verdict on Friday.

Crown attorney Pamela Santora earlier told the jury that Carrington “was trying to get her life back on track” after a complicated separation from her husband.

Crown argued Sinclair murdered his mother because he did not want her to regain custody of his three younger siblings, who were in foster care after their father was convicted of abuse .

A statement released by the Crown after the verdict said Sinclair was “angered” by his mother’s actions which led to the arrest of his father Paul Sinclair and that the murder was motivated by “Duncan’s animosity. Sinclair for his mother ”.

The defense argued that while Sinclair killed his mother, the stabbing was not premeditated as he did not have an escape plan and even went to a thrift store to buy clothes and toiletries afterwards. the attack.

Security cameras captured video of the attack, which occurred at Fast Fresh Foods in the King Street West and Bay Street area on the evening of April 10, 2019.

Fast Fresh Foods security cameras captured footage of the attack. The court heard Carrington had been stabbed at least 11 times and sustained injuries, including three fractured ribs and puncture wounds to the liver, kidneys, lungs and heart. (Exhibition at the court)

Sinclair found his mother in the kitchen prep area of ​​the establishment, Santora said, and spoke to her before pulling out a large purple knife and stabbing her repeatedly.

“When she fell to the floor, he walked over to the counter as if to leave before turning around and inflicting one final stab,” Santora said.

Duncan Sinclair then calmly walked out of the camera with the knife in hand without hesitation. “

After the murder, Sinclair turned off his cell phone, boarded transit, and went to a YMCA in Midland, Ontario. where he researched the murder online, alarming staff.

His mother’s blood was found on the pants he was wearing at the time of his arrest, according to the Crown statement.

“It was not too complex a case. However, it remains a tragically sad and deeply disturbing reality.”

Rae Cara Carrington’s photo on her driver’s license can be seen here. (Exhibition at the court)

Sinclair’s attorney, Joelle Klein, said Sinclair’s sister who was present at the trial brought her a lot of “comfort.”

“There is no doubt that this is a very sad and very tragic set of circumstances for everyone, including my client,” Klein said.

“I think it was important for him to see his sister there. His sister seemed to be very caring and very considerate of him. She waved to him throughout the trial.”

First degree murder is automatically punishable by a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for 25 years.

Sinclair will return to court on November 22 for a sentencing hearing.

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