Murder charge laid in homicide of 69-year-old Thorncliffe Park woman

A 69-year-old woman is dead and a man is facing a first degree murder charge after an early morning stabbing in a Thorncliffe Park apartment complex Friday.

Police found the victim, who later died, with "significant trauma" inside apartment

Police and paramedics were called to a Thorncliffe Park apartment building early Friday morning, where they found a woman who had suffered "significant trauma." (Tony Smyth/CBC)

A 69-year-old woman is dead and a man is facing a first degree murder charge after an early morning stabbing in a Thorncliffe Park apartment complex Friday. 

Toronto police Det. Andy Singh said officers responded to the apartment after neighbours heard a commotion inside. Police found the woman "suffering from significant trauma." 

Paramedics attended the scene but she was pronounced dead at around 1 a.m.

The victim has been identified as Marite Zala, 69, of Toronto. 

A 31-year-old man was arrested at the scene. He was charged with one count of first degree murder. The accused was scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.

A post-mortem examination of the victim is set for Saturday. 

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