Colin Nicholson, 41, was found robbed and beaten on August 27, 1978, and died of severe head injuries on September 4.
Police reported that Nicholson and his roommate Albert Homer Durnan, 56, met two men at the Stables, at 418 Church St., and brought them back for drinks to their 26 St. Joseph Street apartment. A third man joined them later. The Stables was “known as a hangout for homosexuals.”
The Stables was “known as a hangout for homosexuals.”
At about 1:30am, Nicholson and Durnan were attacked with a heavy iron skillet. Durnan was also robbed during the attack.
The thieves stole cash, clothing, silverware and liquor before fleeing. Nicholson and Durnan both regained consciousness and contacted police. Durnan was treated and released.
Charged were Brian Robert Pasher of Tichester Road, Kerry Pierre Gallant of Lawrence Avenue West and John Stephen Sharkey Jr. of Broadoaks Drive.
Sharkey was 19 years old, and was sentenced to seven years in prison for manslaughter. He alleged during trial that Durnan made homosexual advances, precipitating the attack.
Right now, we can’t find records of what happened to Pasher and Gallant. However, a Toronto Star news article from June 6, 1985, reported “Brian Robert Pasher was stabbed in the chest about 2 a.m. yesterday as he and another man struggled on Elmgrove Ave, near Queen St. W. Brian Dawson, 30, of Leopold St. faces an aggravated assault charge in the attack.”
Murder Village Map – Nicholson
Name: Colin Nicholson
Date of Death: September 4, 1978
Manner of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Location: 26 St. Joseph Street
Suspect Name: Brian Robert Pasher, Kerry Pierre Gallant and John Stephen Sharkey Jr.
Conviction & Sentence: Sharkey Jr. was sentenced to seven years in prison for manslaughter. Pasher and Gallant are currently unknown.