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A Saskatoon man charged with second degree murder in North Battleford is a well-known member of a notorious local street gang.

Nicholas Clifford Giroux, 36, is accused of fatally stabbing Thang Sian Mang on Monday.

Just after 4 a.m. CT police found 20-year-old Mang of Saskatoon with multiple stab wounds in a North Battleford hotel room. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was done Tuesday. 

Giroux is charged with second degree murder, assault with a weapon and uttering a threat in connection with a separate incident in Saskatoon, a hatchet attack.

Giroux is well known to Saskatoon police because of role in cocaine trafficking by the Terror Squad street gang. Police focussed on the gang after the murder of a high-ranking member in 2010, and that attention revealed the extent of its cocaine trafficking network.

Giroux was convicted of possessing cocaine for the purpose of trafficking two years ago.

Giroux made his first court appearance on both sets of charges yesterday afternoon. His right hand and his left index finger were bandaged, and he is scheduled for day surgery on his hands Wednesday.

He remains in custody and will be back in court Friday morning. 

A 35-year-old man was also found at the hotel. He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.