[Hpn] Soldiers Charged In Homeless Man's Beating Death

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Sat, 3 Sep 2005 04:46:15 -0400


Saturday, September 3, 2005

Soldiers Charged In Homeless Man's Beating Death

Toronto - Three members of the Canadian Armed Forces reserves are facing
charges in the beating death of a homeless man in Toronto park.
Police were called to a downtown park early Wednesday where they found
59-year-old Paul Croutch unconscious and unresponsive.
Police said Friday that Mr. Croutch was taken to St. Michael's Hospital and
died later that day from his injuries.
Police say an autopsy determined Mr. Croutch died from a blows to the head
consistent with being punched, kicked or stomped.
Police say a woman who witnessed the alleged assault suffered bruising when
she was attacked.
Jeffery Hall, 21, Mountaz Ibrahim, 23, and Brian Deganis, 21, all of
Toronto, are charged with second-degree murder and assault causing bodily
All three are part-time members of the Armed Forces reserves, police said.
City police and the Canadian Forces National Investigation Services were
involved in the investigation.
The three men were scheduled to appear in a Toronto court Saturday.