On 24 April 2018 a van was driven into a crowd of shoppers in Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, killing 10 people. But the motivation was not Islamism or any other form of terrorism but a burning rage against women.
Alek Minassian, 28, will go on trial on Tuesday, 10 November, accused of 10 counts of premeditated murder and 16 attempted murders after a shocking massacre on the streets of Canada’s biggest city in April 2018.
The victims were eight women and two men, aged between 22 and 94.
Minassian admits he was the driver of a van which deliberately rammed pedestrians in Yonge Street, a crowded thoroughfare in Toronto, but they will seek to prove he was not criminally responsible because of his mental health.
The judge-only trial, at Ontario Superior Court, has been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minassian’s mother says has has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism which impaired his ability to communicate.
But much of the focus will be on Minassian’s self-identification as an incel (involuntary celibate) and his apparent adoration of Elliot Rodger, an American spree killer.
After Minassian, a software developer, was arrested a Facebook post came to light which suggested Minassian hated women.
The post first surfaced on the message board 4Chan, where someone anonymously shared in an image of a mobile phone showing a “manifesto” which Minassian allegedly wrote before embarking on his attack.