A 27-year-old man who police allege, fuelled by alcohol and jealousy, killed a man at an east-end bar was formally charged with murder Monday. Joe-Bryan Ndikuriyo appeared in court, his right hand covered in bandages, and was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder following the city’s 17th homicide of the year on Sunday. Police allege Ndikuriyo stabbed Solomon Odekunle, after the two argued over a woman at Piper’s Bar & Grill, and injured one of the victim’s friends in a subsequent fight.
Odekunle was seen stumbling away from the front of the bar clutching his neck. He had been stabbed once in the throat and began bleeding out. He collapsed on a concrete median on Coventry Road, steps from the St. Laurent Shopping Centre. Paramedics arrived on scene and attempted to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead in hospital. Odekunle’s friend, whose injuries were minor, was also taken to hospital. Police believe Ndikuriyo then fled the scene.
He was arrested Sunday afternoon at a friend’s house. Odekunle and his alleged killer aren’t believed to have known each other prior to their altercation at Piper’s. Odekunle worked in the technical department at the Redeemed Christian Church of God Living Spring Tabernacle in Gloucester. Friends remembered him as a devout Christian who always attended church. Odekunle is survived by his parents, who still live in Nigeria, and three siblings, one of whom, a sister, lives in Toronto. His father is expected to arrive in Canada on Tuesday.
Source: Ottawa Citizen