Canada
Family relieved after man arrested in estranged husband's death

Demitry Papasitirou

Credits: SUN MEDIA

Ian Robertson | QMI AGENCY

A New Brunswick family and a retired Toronto homicide detective breathed collective sighs of relief Friday after a would-be lawyer's arrest in the 19-month-old murder of his estranged husband.

Calling Allan Lanteigne's slaying "a domestic homicide," Det. Tam Bui announced that Demitry Papasitirou was arrested earlier in the day, with a warrant issued for "business associate" Mladen Ivezic, of Mississauga, Ont., who is believed to be in Europe.

"It's been a day of mixed emotions," Lanteigne's brother-in-law, Dan Sterritt, said. "When you lose someone to something so senseless and tragic as murder, it's difficult to comprehend."

Papasitirou, 32, and Ivezic, 52, face first-degree murder charges in the beating death of Lanteigne, 49.

The University of Toronto accounting clerk and much-heralded part-time caterer's body was found March 3, 2011 in an Ossington Ave.-Dupont St. area home that Papasitirou's aunt and uncle own.

The victim was there after splitting with his husband, who police believed was in Switzerland studying for a law doctorate, Bui told reporters.

Citing evidentiary issues, he declined to describe Ivezic's role in Lanteigne's death.

"Allan was a valued family member, who was the organizer of family reunions," Sterritt said. "He was also a favourite uncle to his nieces and nephews ... remembered by his older sisters as their baby brother."

Calling his death a "disgusting murder," he praised two-months-retired Det. Dan Nielsen for kindness and understanding given to the family.

The arrest "meant a lot to me," Nielsen said.
"This was a totally innocent guy. He was such a loss to the family, a very, very nice family," he said.

The wait for a major break in the case "was very frustrating to them."

"At least the family now has some sense of a positive director for the investigation," Nielsen said.

Papasitirou is to appear in court Saturday.

Sun News Videos

Mink farming

Nova Scotia produces half of Canada's mink fur.


Feminist 'consent underwear' spark debate

Do consent underwear just change the conversation from 'rape culture' to 'slut culture'?


Afghanistan's upcoming election

With an election rapidly approaching, change is on its way to Afghanistan. Good or bad, the world is watching.

Ezra Levant’s The Source is the most provocative and thought-changing multimedia show in Canada.

This show is 100% focused on the political battles taking place across Canada, in the United States...even around the world.

Michael Coren brings you strong, balanced opinions to challenge conventional thinking.

Byline brings you the stories you won’t hear anywhere else while exploring points of view that are all too often ignored.