Woman, 26, charged in Ottawa man's death

Trail of blood left between homes on quiet street

Last Updated: Monday, January 3, 2011

CBC News

A woman has been charged with murder in connection with the death of Simon Hubbard in Ottawa's New Edinburgh neighbourhood on New Year's Day.

Blood spatters the front porch and railing of a building in Ottawa's New Edinburgh neighbourhood, where a man was found dead on Saturday. (Chad Pawson/CBC)

Charged with one count of second-degree murder is Jennifer Bird, 26, of Ottawa.

At a court appearance Monday via video link, she was ordered held in custody until another hearing on Friday.

Hubbard, 43, left a trail of blood in his final moments as he stumbled from his basement apartment on Stanley Avenue to a two-storey red-brick home next door.

Neighbour Joyce Goodhand spotted him around 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday at the base of some stairs and called 911.

"I peeked out my side window that overlooks the kind of side of the yard, and yeah, there was a young fellow lying there face down," she said. "He was pretty grey, and I don't know how long he'd been there, but it was pretty apparent that he wasn't going to get up."

Paramedics arrived within minutes, Goodhand said, and pronounced the man dead at the scene. The death was the city's first homicide of 2011.

An autopsy on Monday concluded that Hubbard died from stab wounds, police said.

Hubbard was an avid musician and had studied electrical engineering at Algonquin College. Police have not commented on his relationship with Bird.

Jennifer Bird, seen in a court sketch, appeared before a judge Monday and was ordered held until another hearing Friday. (CBC)

Bird, who's being held at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, had been living downtown at the Shepherds of Good Hope emergency shelter for people with addictions or mental health issues.

Several police constables monitored the shelter's rear area on Monday, though they wouldn't divulge why.

Residents of the building said they were shocked to hear their neighbour had been charged.

"She's a nice girl, a nice woman, and she's very calm, and she said to me there's somebody she was afraid [of]," neighbour Robert Cormier said.

The shelter is about a kilometre away from New Edinburgh, a tree-lined area near the prime minister's residence and Rideau Hall.

"I was a bit startled, because this is such a quiet neighbourhood, nothing ever happens," Suzanne Drapeau, a neighbour of Hubbard's, said Monday.

With files from The Canadian Press


Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre

Society has a taboo that refuses to deal with mental health problems and personality disorders. Mental illness affects women at around five times that of men and almost any woman claiming to be afraid of a man can result in a knee jerk issue of a restraining order that are often issued for improper purposes by judges who got to be judges without any screening what soever to detect any mental health or personality disorders.

Ottawa Superior Court has a collection of Judges who display all the symptoms of psychopaths or at least, serious personality disorders who routinely give mentally ill violent women almost any order they ask for and, if they can't give a mentally ill violent woman what they ask for , directly they do it indirectly.

The very worst judicial low lives in Ottawa are Allan Sheffield, Justice Power who issue restraining orders for mentally ill women against men, to destroy them and their ability to come to court to ask for a child's right to have a relationship with their father.

Several other Ottawa Judges are so biased they have given custody to mentally ill women who have in some cases later had the children removed by the CAS and given to the father. These judges were Jennifer Belishen, Ratushny, Desousa and of course Catherine Aitken who are also known as the "Fembox's of Ottawa". Then there is Cheryl Robertson who will without hesitation put or attempt to put in jail any man who dares to ask for acess from a mentally ill woman.

Its virtually guaranteed that one of the above judges will find her way on to the case of any mentally ill woman charged with murder.

Those with personality disorders and or mental health problems can appear very nice calm people.