Arrest made in suspected hate-motivated utter threats investigation,
Umananthini Nishanathan, 47
Broadcast time: 13:30
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021
Unit: 41 Division
Case #: 2021-1865250
The Toronto Police Service has made an arrest in an utter threats investigation. It is being investigated as a suspected hate-motivated offence.
On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, police attended a threatening call in the Kennedy Road and Eglinton Avenue East area.
It is alleged that:
- a man performed a religious ceremony
- as a result of the ceremony, the man received numerous threatening phone calls
After consultation with the Service's specialized Hate Crime Unit, the investigation is being treated as a suspected hate motivated offence.
On Friday, October 1, 2021, Umananthini Nishanathan, 47, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:
1. Utter Threats
2. Criminal Harassment
She will be attending court at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East, on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., room 407.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.
When suspected hate-motivated offences are reported to police, the investigation will be led by a Divisional investigator. The Hate Crime Unit will be made aware and specialized officers from that unit will support the investigation as needed.
If it is alleged a criminal offence was committed (such as assault or mischief) and it is believed to have been motivated by bias, prejudice or hate, the officer-in-charge will consult with the Crown. If a person is charged and convicted of the offence, the Judge will take into consideration hate as an aggravating factor when imposing a sentence.
Wilful promotion of hatred and advocating genocide are hate propaganda (hate speech) offences which require the Attorney General’s consent. Members of the Hate Crime Unit will provide assistance and support to the divisional investigators in seeking the Attorney General’s consent to lay these charges, if applicable. These charges are often laid at a later time.
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Constable Alex Li, Corporate Communications, for Detective Garth Levy, 41 Division