Victim of 'unprovoked' downtown Toronto stabbing dies in hospital

The victim of an "unprovoked" stabbing at a downtown Toronto drug store has died in hospital.

Police confirmed on Thursday morning that the woman, who has yet to be publicly identified, died due to injuries sustained in a stabbing last week.

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The stabbing occurred on the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 11 at a Shoppers Drug Mart, located underground at 66 Wellington St., near Bay Street. The store is part of Toronto's PATH, an underground pedestrian walkway linking 30 kilometres of stores.

Investigators said a woman went into the store and stabbed another woman in her 20s, "without provocation."

Rohinie Bisesar, 40, is facing charges in connection with the incident.

Bisesar's lawyer Calvin Barry, who was retained by his client last night, said the woman has an "impressive resume," including a Master of Business Administration. He said she has lots of friends who said the allegations are not in her character.

Speaking outside a Toronto courthouse yesterday, her lawyer argued that he believes his client should be granted bail at her next hearing, scheduled for Friday.

Barry said she has no prior criminal record or outstanding charges, and should be granted bail with a series of conditions to protect the public and to ensure that she returns to court.

Barry was also asked about an email sent to the National Post on Tuesday, just minutes before Bisesar was arrested, but he said he couldn't comment.

"Something has been happening to me and this is not my normal self," someone wrote from an email address matching Bisesar's name.

"I would like to know who and why this is happening. There is either a single person or more responsible and who and why would be nice to know."

The email sender also wrote: "I am sorry about the incidence. I felt the need to be extreme to see if it would work. I would normally not do such a thing."



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