A 21-year-old Halifax man is in custody after being formally charged with second-degree murder.
Vincent James Steele was arrested on Sunday after police found the body of Neema Barati, 20, in a home on Seaforth Street.
Members of Steele’s family sobbed in the courtroom during the brief court appearance. He appeared to have an abrasion on his forehead, said the CBC’s Blair Rhodes.
Barati’s family was also in the courtroom. They departed the courthouse flanked by police officers.
"I met with the family and tried to explain the situation to them," said Crown Prosecutor Catherine Cogswell. "They were very, very good to deal with and in the very, very difficult circumstances that they find themselves as a family, they're pulling together well."
Police were first called to the Seaforth Street address on Sunday morning after receiving reports of a disturbance. No one asked for help, so they left.
Twenty minutes later, at 4:20 a.m., they received a report of a stabbing. That’s when they found Barati’s body in the home.
Steele was arrested at the scene without incident.
Police said they believe the two calls were related.
Tuesday, the crown was granted a sweeping publication ban, which includes reporting on the identity of a witness who must have no contact with Steele.
Steele has not yet indicated if he will apply for bail. He’s due back in court April 30.