The first man charged in Canada with terrorism after a gender-based attack was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for killing one woman and injuring another in Toronto in 2020. The teenager, now 21, had used a short sword to attack two women in a massage parlor.
The young man, whose identity has not been revealed because he was a minor at the time of the incident, had pleaded guilty to charges of murder and attempted murder. At the massage parlor, the teen killed receptionist Ashley Arzaga and seriously injured another employee.
At the time of his arrest, the police found in his pocket a handwritten note calling for rebellion by the "incels" and a misogynistic inscription on his knife. The accused, who was 17 years old at the time of the attack, "was motivated by incel ideology and wanted to send a message to society that incels were willing to kill and commit acts of violence," Ontario Superior Court Justice Suhail Akhtar said, according to the Canadian press.
'He slaughtered her'
The masculinist movement of "incels", an abbreviation that means "involuntarily celibate", expresses their hatred of women online, in particular because they believe they are responsible for their sexual dissatisfaction. "The murder of Ms. Arzaga, which was caught on video, testifies to the ravages of this ideology," he added, adding that the defendant "did not just murder Ms. Arzaga. He slaughtered her. »
The court sentenced the young man to life in prison with no possibility of parole for ten years.
Incels made headlines in Canada in April 2018 when a self-identified man killed 10 people – mostly women – and wounded 14 others in a truck ramming attack in Toronto. Alek Minassian was sentenced last year to life in prison for the killings, but was not charged with terrorism.
Canada had already experienced other misogynistic attacks, including the first claimed mass femicide on December 6, 1989. Marc Lépine, who had explained in a message that he hated feminists, had killed 14 young women at the École Polytechnique de Montréal.