Nov 28, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
With no chance of parole for 10 years, a man who pleaded guilty to the incel-inspired murder of a Toronto massage parlour employee has been sentenced to life in prison.
The man, who cannot be identified due to the fact that he was 17 at the time of the attack, has also been sentenced to three years behind bars for attempted murder, which is to be served concurrently.
Last year, the man pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and attempted murder in the February 2020 stabbing that killed 24-year-old Ashley Noelle Arzaga, and seriously injured a woman only identified by the initials J.C.
Back in June, Justice Sukhail Akhtar ruled that the attack amounted to an act of terrorism due to its ties to so-called “incel” ideology, which stands for “involuntary celibate,” a fringe internet subculture dominated by men who hold women responsible for their lack of sexual relations.
It’s believed to be the very first time that a Canadian court has made a finding of incel-motivated terrorist activity.
Prosecutors sought to have him sentenced as an adult, citing the fact that he was just six months shy of turning 18 at the time and meticulously researched, planned and made choices surrounding the attack that reflected adult thoughts and actions.
Prosecutors also argued that the man has shown no remorse.