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POLICE MAKE ARREST IN OSBORNE STREET MURDER

Joshua Bentely (FB)
Joshua Bentely (FB)

Members of the Winnipeg Police Homicide Unit have collared a suspect wanted in connection with the tragic murder of Joshua Bentley (18).

On January 24, 2014, at approximately 11:30 pm, Police were dispatched to the area of the Osborne Street Bridge regarding the report of an assault.  On arrival Officers found two (2) injured adult males who were both transported to Hospital in critical condition.  Bentley died as a result of his injuries.

Police Insider sources indicate he was stabbed to death.

Police advise the investigation revealed the victims and suspect, who were not previously known to each other, attended a house party in the area. The suspect, in the company of two women, left the party before the victim’s departed. The suspect remained in his vehicle outside the apartment block and attacked the victims when they exited the building.  Bentley suffered extensive trauma to the upper body as a result of the assault. The 20 year-old also sustained an upper body injury. The victim group fled eastbound across the bridge where they were located and transported by emergency services.

Due to investigative efforts by the Homicide Unit, General Patrol, Street Crime Unit and the Forensic Identification Section, an arrest has been made.

On January 26, 2014, Mowlid Korane Mohamed (26) of Winnipeg was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Murder, Attempt Murder, Assault and Utter Threats due to his alleged involvement.

Mohamed  is “known” to Police and was charged with a number of weapons offences after a Hummer was shot up in Whyte Ridge over the July long weekend in 2011.  Police spokesman Constable Jason Michalyshen confirmed Mohameds’ had “significant” Police involvement in the past and acknowledged he has associations to a local street gang in Winnipeg.  

Crime reporter James Turner reported on Twitter that Mohamed was a self admitted African Mafia gang member known by the street name Soldier.

Mohamed was detained at the Provincial Remand Centre and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Interviews are ongoing by members of the Homicide Unit.

RELATED LINK:

The Police Insider – “Police Identify Osborne Street Homicide Victim”

Winnipeg Free Press – “Popular Musician Dies After Assault”

INSIDER COMMENTARY:

This is the second murder recorded in Winnipeg in 2014.

On January 19, 2014, members of the WPS responded to a residence in the 200 block of Andrews Street and subsequently found the body of Justin Desmarais (24).  Media reports indicated Desmarais had been stabbed multiple times.

On January 27, 2014, Police issued a press release identifying a suspect in the killing.

Justin Atelard Catcheway (30) is currently wanted on a Canada Wide warrant for 2nd degree murder in connection with the killing.

FACTOIDS:

Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the second Homicide of the year:

  • 2013 – Feb 15
  • 2012 – Jan 23
  • 2011 – Jan 15 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
  • 2010 – Mar 27
  • 2009 – Jan 18
  • 2008 – Jan 4
  • 2007 – Jan 17
  • 2006 – Jan 6
  • 2005 – March 5
  • 2004 – Feb 14 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides 100% solvency)

4 Comments

  1. James G Jewell

    Meaningful consequences is one of the key components that’s missing from the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

    We have entire generations of offenders who learn absolutely nothing from their experiences when they run afoul of the law. By the time they become adults I’m afraid it’s too late.

    Don’t think we’ll ever bringing back public hangings.

    Ah, the good old days!

  2. This always disgusts me – especially when the young man had a prior record of violence. What happened to the days of public hangings. Perhaps our citizens would think twice before committing such horrid acts if there were far firmer consequences for all to see.

  3. It certainly is tough to be optimistic when soft justice seems to rule in this Country when it comes to Homicide sentences.

    Unfortunately, “Justice” is something that’s rarely experienced by the victim side of the equation when it comes to Homicide cases in a criminal court.

    I always ask people to think about what justice would look like to them at the conclusion of their loved ones murder trial. The answer I often received was everything from the death penalty, to natural life in prison, to life (25 years) in prison. No one ever suggested ten (10) years or less would be an appropriate sentence yet that is the reality for the majority of murder cases that are resolved or proceed to trial.

    It’s important that people are realistic with their expectations and search for justice in some other form.

    Until Parliament decides to place more value on human life with amendments to the criminal code life will remain a cheap commodity in the world of Canadian criminal Justice.

    That’s the ugly truth.

    Thank you for reading.

  4. Thanks for the detailed report on this. I’m hopeful (although I’m not holding my breath), that with this person now in custody, we as a society will see swift and appropriate action. The reason I’m holding my breath is that with the report here that this person has already got a criminal past, perhaps the “slap on the wrist” gang will hand out a more hardened action.

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