Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Woman charged in killing of boyfriend

Second-degree murder charge laid against Victoria Gil in Windsor stabbing

Doug Schmidt
CanWest News Service; with files from The Ottawa Citizen

Victoria Gil is to be returned to Windsor to face the charge.

An Ottawa woman was charged yesterday with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend at a Windsor motel.

Victoria Wynter Gil, 20, was already in custody in Ottawa on unrelated assault and robbery charges when she was charged in the death. Her boyfriend, Thomas Jamieson, 20, was found dead on March 2 in a room at the Star Economy Motel in Windsor. He died from a single stab wound to the chest.

At the time of Mr. Jamieson's death, the pair were being sought by Ottawa police for their alleged involvement in an assault and armed robbery in Ottawa Feb. 17 on James Lennox, son of the chief justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, Brian Lennox.

The motel's owner said Ms. Gil, a mother of two, and Mr. Jamieson checked into the $56-a-night motel Feb. 28. Acting on a tip from Windsor police, Ottawa detectives arrested Ms. Gil at an Ottawa residence the night after Mr. Jamieson's body was discovered.

Windsor detectives were in Ottawa last week interviewing witnesses and attempting, but failing, to get a statement from Ms. Gil.

A date has yet to be set for Ms. Gil's return to Windsor, where she will be formally arraigned on the murder charge. Windsor investigators have said there were "others at the motel" that night, but Staff Sgt. Ed McNorton said yesterday there are currently no other suspects.

"We're still working on it -- the case remains open," Staff Sgt. Norton said.

Windsor lawyer Brian McAllister said he's been retained by Ms. Gil to represent her on the murder charge. He said yesterday he called her the previous day after he was given "an informal heads-up" that the charge was coming.

"She was pretty upset," Mr. McAllister said. He expects Ms. Gil will be driven to Windsor before the end of the week to formally face the charge.

"I'm assuming she's contesting the charge," said Mr. McAllister, adding he has so far not seen any of the evidence against his client.

The murder charge against Ms. Gil came a year and three weeks after she was arrested -- her face and clothes spattered in blood -- at the Windsor residence of an acquaintance and charged with aggravated assault following a knife attack on Mr. Jamieson.

Mr. Jamieson testified he was strangling Ms. Gil when she stabbed him. The court ruled she acted in self-defence.

For the alleged assault and robbery of Mr. Lennox in February, Ms. Gil faces five charges, including aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. In sworn court documents, police allege Ms. Gil, Mr. Jamieson and three other people hatched a plan to rob Mr. Lennox.

They allege Mr. Lennox was lured to a residence after meeting a woman on a telephone chat line, and that as he made his way there, he was attacked, beaten and cut by three men with knives.

Ms. Gil is also facing charges of aggravated assault in connection with the stabbing of a teenage girl in June of 2001.

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