Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Ontario man charged with two counts of aiding and abetting suicide.

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Kenneth Law
Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

CTV News Videojournalist, Jon Woodward, reported on May 9 that Kenneth Law, 57, faces two counts of aiding and abetting the deaths of two people in Peel Region, allegedly through the online sales of a legal substance that is lethal in high concentrations. Law sold the substance online world-wide for the purposes of aiding suicide.

Woodward reports that the case has world-wide implications:
The case is being watched as far away as the United Kingdom, where several families believe their troubled loved ones were among the recipients of the 1,200 packages police allege Law sent to more than 40 countries from the Lincoln Green post office in a Mississauga mall.
Neha Raju and Tom Parfett
Law is allegedly linked to deaths in many countries. Woodward reports:
How can so many suicides be linked? There’s something going on behind the scenes,” said Lee Cooper from the U.K.

Cooper believes his 41-year-old brother Gary consumed sodium nitrite mailed from Canada last year.

Alongside Cooper, 23-year-old Neha Raju and 22-year-old Tom Parfett died in the U.K., 20-year-old Noelle Ramirez died in Colorado, and 17-year-old Anthony Jones died in Michigan.
Police are investigating the 1200 people who received packages from Law. Woodward reports:
Peel police say they have been tracking the packages sent from these companies, including Imtime Cuisine and Icemac, and police in Colorado and the U.K. did a blitz of welfare checks to possible customers in recent days.

In Saskatchewan, Regina’s police service confirmed to CTV News Toronto it is re-examining a death after being alerted to it by their coroner's service on May 4.

Halifax’s Regional Police also told CTV News Toronto they conducted a wellness check after being contacted by Peel Regional Police.
Woodward reported that police are examining suicide deaths to determine if these deaths were linked to Kenneth Law. Since 2020 the suicide substance may have been linked to 30 deaths in Ontario, 15 deaths in British Columbia, 2 deaths in Manitoba and 1 death in New Brunswick as well as many other jurisdictions.

Law was believed to have distributed 1200 packages of the substance, it is likely that many more suicide deaths will eventually be connected to Law.

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