Christopher Husbands appears in court for charges related to the shooting spree at Toronto's Eaton Centre
Credits: Pam Davies sketch/Toronto Sun
TORONTO -- A 23-year-old man accused of killing an alleged fellow gang member, critically injuring another and wounding four innocent bystanders was under strict bail release conditions confining him to his family's home because of past troubles with the law.
But Toronto Police alleged Christopher Husbands was instead at the Eaton Centre last weekend, opening fire in a crowded food court.
"I can tell you that Mr. Husbands is known to the Toronto Police Service," Det.-Sgt. Brian Borg said Monday, about 12 hours after the wanted man was taken into custody.
"Also I can tell you that at the time of the shooting, Mr. Husbands was a charged individual that was on house arrest conditions not to be outside of his residence," the veteran homicide investigator added.
Husbands, who surrendered with his legal council around 2:20 a.m. at a downtown police station, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder.
The Toronto man appeared in court at Old City Hall Monday afternoon wearing a grey jacket over a navy hoodie.
His defence lawyer, Susan Von Achten, hid his face with a notebook after he walked into the courtroom.
During the hearing, Husbands consented to be detained and Justice of the Peace Alice Napier imposed a publication ban on the names of the surviving victims of Saturday's shooting.
The accused is scheduled to next appear in court on Aug. 15 via video for his latest charges.
But before that appearance, Husbands is due back in court June 25 to face a sexual assault charge stemming from a November 2010 incident, according to court documents obtained by QMI Agency.
The details of the alleged sex attack remain protected by a publication ban.
However, Husbands was released under strict house arrest to two sureties who posted $4,000 bail following that charge.
Under his bail conditions, Husbands was not suppose to leave home except to go to school and not to be in possession of any firearms.
He was also ordered not to associate with his accuser or posses any non-medically prescribed drugs.
Husbands' criminal record also includes drug offences from 2008 when Toronto Police charged him with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Police found more than 30 grams of marijuana on him and $450 cash.
Husbands pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of simple possession and fined $450. He was ordered not to possess any communication devices.
However, he failed to comply with those conditions and was fined another $300 for being in possession of a communication device.
Husbands has yet to pay any of the $750 in fines.