A North Bay man is facing second degree murder and one count of arson relating to the death of 39-year-old Shannon Simone Kochie also of North Bay.
The lifeless body of the North Bay woman was found on the floor of her former boyfriend’s apartment suffering from multiple stab wounds after a domestic dispute late Monday afternoon.
“The victim was located on the floor in the bedroom,” stated Detective Dan Webber in his prepared statement to the media which took place at 4 p.m. today at Police Headquarters.
“Paramedics also attended and they reported to police that the victim had met their criteria for obvious death.”
Police say the accused, 38-year-old Ryan Michael Neil of North Bay, had been in a relationship with Kochie since the summertime.
The incident was reported around 4 p.m. on Monday in a Duke Street basement apartment when Kochie’s family members called the police.
“When the two family members announced their presence through the accused’s apartment door, the victim screamed for help,” stated Webber.
“One of the two immediately called 911. The accused then threatened one of the family members through the apartment door.”
Webber says Police arrived on the scene to smell something burning. Police then broke through the door to find a fire set on the top of the kitchen stove that was put out by an officer.
Police then chased the accused into an en suite bathroom off the bedroom where Neil was barricaded.
“Police then breached the bathroom door and the accused surrendered,” said Webber.
“The accused was arrested for assault and removed from the residence.”
The accused has been remanded to the North Bay District Jail awaiting his first appearance court date, which is scheduled for Tuesday December 22nd at 9:30 a.m.
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Domestic Violence a concern
Webber also stated the seriousness of domestic violence which turned very tragic on Monday.
“As many of you gathered here today know, the North Bay Police Service responds to three to four domestic-related calls per day,” said Webber.
“While today’s announcement is clearly one of the worst case scenarios, we remind the public that domestic violence comes in all forms, from criminal harassment, threats, and mischief to physical, sexual and emotional abuse and more.”
Police ask the media and other concerned citizens to let the family grieve the death of their loved one and do not want to be disturbed.