The homicide that occurred at a Toronto long-term care facility this weekend is a tragic event that a city councillor says will prompt staff to review what can be done to prevent similar incidents in future.
Toronto police were called to Castleview Wychwood Towers on Saturday morning, regarding an incident that left 87-year-old Francisco DaSilva dead.
According to a police release, the victim was found with "obvious injuries" to his head.
Police soon charged an 81-year-old man with second-degree murder.
The accused, Francesco Greco, was brought into court in a wheelchair on Sunday. He needed an interpreter in court as he speaks Italian.
The man accused in the homicide is a resident of the long-term care facility, as was the victim.
"This is a tragedy and that’s the first thing that I think all Torontonians feel," Coun. Joe Mihevc told CBC News in a telephone interview on Sunday.
And while the police will move forward with their work, Mihevc said that the city will have to take its own look at whether its facilities are appropriately supervised and controlled.
"That’s the piece that I think we’ll certainly be asking staff to investigate and to report to committee and council," he said Sunday.
More specifically, Mihevc said he believed staff “will no doubt be looking at internal processes to see how these kinds of things can be avoided in the future.”
Nancy Lew, the administrator at Castleview Wychwood Towers, told CBC News in an email that the facility "staffs according to the funding levels provided by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care."