May Long Weekend No Holiday for Homicide Investigators

Winnipeg Crime Scene (Photo JGJ)
Winnipeg Crime Scene (Photo JGJ)

May long weekend was no spring holiday for Winnipeg Police Service Homicide Investigators.

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, at approximately 11:00 pm, EMS personnel were dispatched to the 800 block of Alexander Ave regarding the report of a stabbing.

On arrival, a man was found suffering from apparent stab wounds.  He was transported to hospital in critical condition where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Police identified the man as Milton Brian Richard (35) years of Winnipeg.

The investigation is continuing and no arrests have been made.

Richard is the ninth (9th) reported homicide victim in the City of Winnipeg this year.

Dorothy Dykens (WFP Obits)

On Sunday, May 17, 2015 just after 1:30 am EMS personnel were dispatched to the 400 block of Tremblay Street regarding a, “check the well-being call.”

On arrival, Police located the intoxicated 911 caller and took her into custody.  An injured dog was located and transported to a veterinary hospital.

Police report the circumstances surrounding the incident led them to conduct a canvass of the area during which time the body of a deceased eight-nine (89) year old woman was located in a nearby residence.

The investigation revealed that sometime between the late evening of May 16 and 1:30 a.m. on May 17th, the suspect, who was known to the victim, entered the victim’s residence and stabbed her multiple times about the body.

The suspect then returned home where she attacked the dog.

The victim has been identified as Dorothy Dykens (89) years of Winnipeg.

The suspect has been identified as Melissa Joyce Gabriel (35) of Winnipeg.

Gabriel has been charged with;

  • Manslaughter
  • Killing or Injuring Animals
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order x 2

She was detained in custody.

Dykens is the tenth (10th) reported homicide victim in the City of Winnipeg this year.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Melissa Joyce Gabriel sentenced to 12 years in prison for manslaughter in connection with the death of Dorothy Dykens.

Court heard Gabriel stabbed Dykens no less than 68 times during a clearly frenzied attack.

The motive for the killing remains unclear, however, Gabriel indicated she was “in a very bad state” after going off her medication prior to the homicide.

The defence asked for seven (7) years while the Crown sought a fifteen (15) year term.

Court records indicate Gabriel had fifty five (55) criminal convictions on her record, including eleven (11) for crimes of violence.

Insider Commentary:

Of the ten (10) reported homicides this year, the WPS Homicide Unit has solved all but two (2) resulting in an 80% solvency rate.

The manner of death reported in homicides this year has been varied;

  • Stabbing – 3
  • Blunt Force – 4
  • Shooting – 2
  • Assault / Vehicle Involved – 1


Previous dates when Winnipeg recorded the tenth (10th) homicide of the year;

2014 – May 18
2013 – June 29
2012 – April 5
2011 – April 20 (Record Year – 41 Homicides)
2010 – July 8
2009 – May 24
2008 – April 14
2007 – May 11
2006 – June 10
2005 – June 15
2004 – May 28 (Previous Record Year – 34 Homicides) (100% solvency)

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