Sunday morning murder in Hanover


By Josh Howald

One man is dead, while another is facing a first degree murder charge after a wild Sunday in the town of Hanover.

Hanover Police Services received a call for a disturbance in the early hours of Sunday morning. At 5:51 a.m., officers responded to a call at 476 9th Street in Hanover. Upon arrival at the apartment, officers discovered the victim, a 51-year-old Hanover man, with obvious signs of head trauma. Police would not confirm or deny reports out of Hanover that said the man had been stabbed to death.

Police cordoned the area while the body was removed and evidence was gathered, with the help from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), West Region Crime Unit and the Forensic Identification Unit (FIU). The investigation was, and is, under the direction of Acting Detective Inspector Heidi Stewart of the CIB.

Investigators on said the suspect had fled the scene through a back alley before any officers arrived at the murder scene. Hanover Police Services issued a release warning the public that a suspect was on the loose and considered to be armed and dangerous.

Eyewitnesses said that a young man crossed the police tape line shortly before 1 p.m. on Sunday, and spoke to officers. He was then handcuffed and escorted to a police cruiser and taken into custody. At 11 p.m., police confirmed in a release that this man was the suspect, though charges had not yet been laid. It wasn’t until Monday that the Hanover man, 25, was booked on the charge of first degree murder. He was denied bail at a hearing later that day. The man appeared to have a bandage on his right hand on his way into the courtroom.

The investigation, however, is still in full swing. Police were still looking for evidence at the home of the accused early Wednesday morning, and a strong police presence was still obvious in the town.

Anybody with more information regarding the person(s) responsible is asked to immediately contact the Hanover Police Service at 519-364-2411 or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122, or the nearest police authority. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-310-1122. You may be eligible to receive a cash reward of $2,000.