Fifty-six-year-old Anthony Charles Dowding, a Guyanese-born Canadian, was found dead in his apartment at 200 Wellesley Street East by police after they received an anonymous phone call. The apartment building is part of the infamous St. James Town complex on the edge of the Village: the complex is the most densely populated area in Canada, and has numerous murders every year (which we may eventually cover in Murder Village).
Dowding was a gay man who lived alone. He was murdered May 24, 1999 after a “brutal flurry of blows.”
A trail of blood leading away from the apartment led police to believe the attacker may have been injured during his attack. Dowding died of blunt force trauma, which was 20 blows to the head.
On June 3, police announced they had arrested thirty-year-old David Ali Sageri and charged him with second-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to five years.
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Name: Anthony Charles Dowding
Date of Death: May 24, 1999
Manner of Death: Blunt Force Trauma
Location: 200 Wellesley St. East
Suspect Name: David Ali Sageri
Conviction & Sentence: Manslaugher, 5 years