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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Court System Failed To Protect Bridget Who Was Stabbed & Set On Fire


Man accused of stabbing ex, setting her
 on fire was out on bail for assault


TORONTO SUN - A 30-year-old man 
accused of stabbing his ex-
girlfriend to death and setting her on fire
 was on house arrest for 
allegedly beating up the 27-year-old 
woman just weeks earlier.
Toronto Police say Bridget Takyi was 
found around 7 a.m. Saturday 
on Richgrove Dr., near Weston Rd. and
 Eglinton Ave. W.
“Her death was extremely violent,” Homicide Det.-Sgt. Brian Borg 
said Monday.
He said Takyi was walking to her parked car to head to work 
around 4 a.m. when she was brutally attacked, allegedly by her 
former boyfriend.
She was stabbed, doused with “a flammable substance” and set on 
fire, Borg explained.
“The intensity of that fire has virtually left her body 
unrecognizable,” he said.
An autopsy has since determined Takyi died of stab wounds.
Within hours of the grisly killing, Borg said Emmanuel Owusu-
Ansah was arrested at a Mississauga gas station with help from Peel 
Regional Police.
He is charged with first-degree murder.
On Dec. 5, the accused was arrested following an incident involving 
Takyi.
He was charged with three counts of assault, two counts each of 
assault with a weapon and weapons dangerous, and one count of 
threatening death.
Owusu-Ansah was released the same day and ordered to remain 
under house arrest as he awaited his Jan. 30 court appearance on 
those charges.
“Needless to say, at the time that this homicide was committed, the 
accused was in breach of numerous conditions of his court ordered 
release,” Borg said.
The accused killer appeared briefly at 2201 Finch Ave. W. court 
Sunday and is expected to appear again Tuesday for the murder 
charge.
Despite the arrest, Borg said the investigation is “by no means” 
concluded.
He has released photos of some evidence found at the murder scene 
— including a gas can, rubber gloves and a knife box — in the 
hopes someone may recognize the items and come forward.
Anyone with information regarding this killing is urged to call the 
Homicide Unit at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS 
(8477).
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