Man dead, woman held


Wed, October 31, 2007

OSHAWA -- A man is dead and a woman is in police custody following what appears to be a domestic dispute early yesterday.

Durham police say officers responded to a 911 call just after 4 a.m. at 320 Elgin St. W., southwest of Park Rd. N. and Adelaide St. W., and found the lifeless body of a man suffering from "obvious signs of trauma" inside.

A woman was arrested at the scene but police said it was too soon to say if the death is the city's latest murder.

"The homicide unit is the lead unit on this, but it's premature to call it a homicide," police spokesman Dave Selby said. "It's still classified as a suspicious death."

Police released few other details and would not disclose the nature of the relationship between the man and woman.


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However, several neighbours said the pair, who they knew only as Bob and Susan, lived together with the woman's two daughters on the main floor of the brick bungalow, one of four units in the house.

Neighbours also said the couple fought "all the time" and their shouting could often be heard from the street.

Brandon York, 25, who lives next door, believes he arrived home from work only moments after the man was killed.

"The woman came outside for some reason and the girls locked her out of the house," he said. "They were yelling and screaming for her to go away."

He said he could see the terrified kids, who he believes are 7 and 14, through the large front window.

"One daughter kept yelling, 'My daddy is dead! My daddy is dead!' " York said.

"The woman was screaming at the girls to let her in so she could say goodbye before the police took her away," he said. "She smashed a window with her bare hands and was trying to climb through it."