A Toronto man who pushed a stranger in entrance of a shifting subway prepare almost three years in the past has been sentenced to life in jail with no likelihood of parole for 14 years.
John Reszetnik had pleaded responsible earlier this yr to second-degree homicide within the killing of 73-year-old Yosuke Hayahara.
Second-degree homicide carries an automated life sentence with no likelihood of parole for 10 to 25 years, and prosecutors had sought 15 years of parole ineligibility, whereas the defence sought 12 to 13.
Reszetnik’s psychological state on the time of the June 18, 2018 incident was a key challenge throughout sentencing submissions.
Reszetnik refused further psychiatric evaluation
Although he was deemed match to face trial, court docket heard Reszetnik, 56, refused to take part in another psychiatric evaluation.
The presiding decide, Ontario Superior Court docket Justice John McMahon, stated on the time that the shortage of psychiatric data on Reszetnik was “troubling.”
Reszetnik pushed Hayahara, whom he didn’t know, in entrance of an incoming prepare at Toronto’s Bloor-Yonge station simply earlier than 10:15 a.m. that day, in response to an agreed assertion of truth learn in court docket.
A Toronto subway prepare. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)
The station was evacuated and Reszetnik left the scene, although he got here again quickly after. On his return, he instructed each a firefighter and a police officer that he was the one behind the assault.
‘I actually did it. It is no joke’
He instructed the police officer he “freaked out” as a result of he was getting evicted, the assertion stated.
“I imagined my landlord who, he is evicting me, and I can not discover a place, and I will be homeless. I actually did it. It is no joke. I
killed him, for God’s sakes,” he instructed the officer.
Throughout sentencing submissions, nevertheless, court docket heard Reszetnik was not being evicted however had the truth is voluntarily agreed to depart one of many two residences he rented. He was nonetheless capable of keep within the different.
Reszetnik has expressed regret for killing Hayahara, and apologized to the person’s household in a listening to final month.
“That is going to weigh (on) me for the remainder of my life,” he stated on the time.
As a part of his sentence, Reszetnik was additionally handed down a lifetime weapons ban and ordered to submit a DNA pattern.