Though it’s almost five years since a middle-aged man was murdered in his North York home, investigators are confident his killer will be apprehended and held accountable because they have collected DNA from the crime scene.
On Sunday, July 21, 2011, at 11:57 p.m., officers responding to shooting at an apartment on Sidney Belsey Crescentfound 55-year-old Mohamed Wasughe lying face down at the threshold of his door.
Unconscious, with no pulse and suffering from a gunshot wound, he succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
The deceased was employed with the City of Toronto until 2008, at which time he needed to take a medical pension.
Detective Stacy Gallant said the victim was previously investigated by Toronto Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for drug offences, but he was never convicted.
He also said the initial investigation revealed that Wasughe was in his apartment with a number of female friends on the night of his murder.
“There was a knock at the door, which was opened by one of the friends,” Gallant said. “As the door opened, two male suspects – whose faces were covered – blitzed the apartment door and gained entry. Once inside, one of the suspects brandished a firearm and made demands for money.”
Wasughe was shot when he confronted one of the suspects, who fled after snatching a purse from one of the friends.
The two suspects are described as brown, about 5’ 9”, though one is slightly taller than the other, and one had a deeper voice than the other. One of the males may have been scratched by the victim on his face or head.
Gallant added that items were sent to the Centre for Forensics Science where a DNA profile was developed, however, is not in the DNA data bank.
“Since the offence happened almost five years ago, this DNA likely belongs to a person who is currently between 23 and 30, based on the descriptions from the deceased friends,” said Gallant. “If this is your DNA, you need to come forward and explain why your DNA was present at this murder. There were two people involved in this robbery and one of them shot the victim. If you are not the person who shot the victim, we have your DNA. You need to come forward and explain yourself. There is no doubt that there are people close to these people who were close to them back at the time of the offence and you know they were part of this.”
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