Kenneth Law faces upgraded 1st-degree murder charges in Ontario murder-suicide
EDITOR’S NOTE — This story contains references to suicide.
Kenneth Law, the Ontario man accused of assisting suicide by allegedly using sodium nitrite, is facing an upgraded charge of murder, according to his lawyer.
Law’s attorney, Matthew Gourlay of Henein Hutchinson Robitaille LLP, told Global News that Law is now charged with 14 counts of first-degree murder. In December, the police charged Law with 14 counts of second-degree murder.
“Mr. Law will be pleading not guilty to the upgraded murder charges,” said Gourlay.
Gourlay also confirmed that Law is still facing 14 counts of counseling or assisting suicide within the province of Ontario. The law was arrested in May 2023 and in August police forces across Ontario laid charges.
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Investigators allege that Law, 57, operated several websites that sold sodium nitrite – a substance that can be fatal in large doses.
Sodium nitrite is a white, crystalline substance used as a food additive and commonly found in processed meats. The police said that the deliberate consumption of excessive amounts of this substance can reduce oxygen levels, interfere with breathing and result in death.
Police said investigators believe more than 1,200 packages were sent to 40 countries around the world and about 160 packages were sent across Canada alone. Authorities in the UK, United States, Italy, Australia and New Zealand have launched investigations.
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Police alleged packages from the following companies are connected to Law: Imtime Cuisine, AmbuCA, Academic/ACademic, Escape Mode/escMode and ICemac.
The victims in Ontario were both male and female and between the ages of 16 and 36 years old. The police said last month that more than one victim was under 18 years old.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, there are resources. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate assistance, For immediate mental health support, call 988. For a directory of support services in your area, visit the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention at suicideprevention.ca. Learn more about suicide prevention with these warning signs and tips on how to help.
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