Son charged with killing mother in PATH food court makes court appearance

A 19-year-old Toronto man appeared in court on Saturday morning to face a charge of first-degree murder in a stabbing death in the city's underground PATH network.

Duncan O'Neil Sinclair, 19, charged with first degree murder of Rae Cara Carrington, 51

Duncan O’Neil Sinclair, 19, of Toronto, makes his first court appearance at Old City Hall in Toronto after he was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his mother. He is wearing a white jumpsuit in this sketch. Left to right: Ruth Kerbel, justice of the peace; court clerk; Joelle Klein, defence lawyer; Duncan O’Neil Sinclair; court officer; Emma Haydon, crown attorney. (Pam Davies)

A 19-year-old Toronto man accusing of stabbing his mother to death in the city's underground PATH network appeared in court on Saturday morning.

Duncan O'Neil Sinclair has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Rae Cara Carrington, 51, of Toronto.

Sinclair was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police in the Midland, Ont. area, more than 100 km north of Toronto, on Friday following her death in a downtown food court on Wednesday. CBC News has learned from a source close to the investigation that Sinclair is the victim's son. 

Sinclair was remanded into custody after his appearance at Old City Hall. The Crown has put in place a no contact order between him and eight other people whose names are protected by a publication ban.

Defence lawyer Joelle Klein, left, and Duncan O'Neil Sinclair, right, at his court appearance on Saturday. (Pam Davies)

Wearing a white jumpsuit in court, Sinclair showed little visible emotion during his brief appearance. He was ordered to reappear in court in person on April 23 at 11 a.m.

Carrington found fatally stabbed in food court

On Wednesday, police and paramedics were called to a food court in the area of King Street W. and Bay Street at about 7:10 p.m. When officers arrived, they found Carrington with life-threatening injuries from "apparent stab wounds."

Toronto paramedics tried to save her life but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have said the stabbing was targeted.

Toronto police taped off the area where Rae Cara Carrington, 51, of Toronto, was fatally stabbed on Wednesday evening. (Linda Ward/CBC)

Wednesday's killing took place in roughly the same area where newlywed Rosemarie Junor was fatally stabbed in a Shoppers Drug Mart in 2015 by a stranger, Rohinie Bisesar. Bisesar was found not criminally responsible late last year in that death.  

Venors at the food court said Carrington was always smiling, so much so that she was affectionately called "Rae of Sunshine." She was an employee at a sandwich counter.

Carrington had been living in a homeless women's shelter, where residents knew her as "Aime," CBC News has learned. 

A makeshift memorial was set up at her workplace on Friday, with people placing bunches of flowers near the food court where she died.

People have placed bunches of flowers near the food court where Rae Cara Carrington, 51, of Toronto, was stabbed to death on Wednesday evening. (CBC)