Toronto Star

Jan. 1, 2003. 01:00 AM

Woman charged in Scarborough killing

Toronto Star

Homicide detectives have arrested a 26-year-old woman in the beating death of a 32-year-old man found in the stairwell of a Scarborough apartment last Thursday.

Dave Soodeen was found on the ground floor of a three-storey building at 1320 Danforth Rd. near Eglinton Ave. E. at about 5 p.m. on Boxing Day.

Police initially thought his throat had been slashed because he was bleeding so heavily when he was found.

Police say it took several days to identify Soodeen's body because it was discovered without a wallet.

They did not, however, believe that robbery was the motive for the killing.

Police said Soodeen was found by a door in the stairwell about four to six metres from where they say the lethal beating occurred.

He died in the ambulance before emergency personnel could get him to hospital.

Investigators and family members couldn't say what Soodeen was doing in the area, although it was determined he had arrived at the building by taxi several hours before his death.

Jaime Ramaya, of 1320 Danforth Rd., is charged with first-degree murder.

Ramaya, who a former landlord said was studying to become a paralegal, had rented a basement apartment for eight or nine months on Cora Cres., near Brimley and Ellesmere Rds.

Joel Waite, the owner of the house, said Ramaya lived in the apartment with her young child and — for about four months — with her father.

He said Ramaya emigrated from Trinidad as a child.

"I think she was in Canada for a long time," he said.

The deceased's sister-in-law, Shakuntala Soodeen, said the first-degree murder charge "is just something that (the family) cannot believe."

"She was his girlfriend. We have a lot of questions. Hopefully now we will get answers."

With files from Erika Tustin

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