Brutal homicide of Mississauga spa proprietor was son’s try to complete the job, Crown says

The son of a Mississauga spa operator had his mom killed for her $1 million insurance coverage coverage, a Brampton prosecutor says.

Eric Lu — who sought out details about his mom’s life insurance coverage coverage within the days after she was discovered useless behind the wheel of her BMW in a car parking zone — was the “mastermind” behind a profitable plot to kill his mom Ming-Chien (Teresa) Hsin, 59, Crown lawyer Paul Renwick mentioned in his closing remarks at Lu’s homicide trial on Tuesday.

Hsin was discovered stabbed to dying on April 10, 2015, two days after Lu known as police to first report her lacking.

In court docket, Renwick offered the jury with reams of cell phone calls and textual content data — what the prosecutor known as a “highly effective silent witness” displaying fixed contact between Lu and two different males, Justine Ordonio and Mark Dookhram, earlier than Hsin was attacked and fatally stabbed some 20 occasions.

Hsin was killed in a murder-for-hire plot that was days within the making, requiring “co-ordination and pre-planning” demonstrated by the telephone data, Renwick mentioned.

Lu has pleaded not responsible to first-degree homicide. On Monday, his defence lawyer Robb MacDonald argued it’s not believable his shopper would orchestrate an “elaborate homicide scheme” in opposition to his mom 5 months after saving her from a earlier near-fatal stabbing.

At trial, prosecutors argued Lu made the preliminary missing-person name realizing his mom was already useless after serving to cover her killer behind her automobile.

Mobile tower information positioned Dookhram and Ordonio in a number of areas Hsin visited, together with her Shipp Drive residence and at a Toronto deal with the place she was staying, Renwick mentioned, calling this additional proof that they’d adopted her for a number of days and had been within the neighborhood of the crime scene on April 8, 2015, when she was killed.

That day, Hsin was transferring gadgets from Shipp Drive to the Toronto deal with, offering Lu a chance to cover the killer beneath clothes stocked on the again seat of the BMW, Renwick mentioned.

Hsin was final seen strolling again to her automobile from an ATM at a car parking zone on Robert Speck Parkway. The automobile was discovered by a passerby two days later.

Blood splatter patterns indicated the hidden killer “sprang out and attacked,” Renwick mentioned.

In defence closings, MacDonald argued the Crown has not confirmed Dookhram and Ordonio had been concerned.

“Their DNA isn’t anyplace,” MacDonald famous, arguing that from all of the contact between Lu and Ordonio, together with textual content messages, “nothing resembles a plan.”

Hsin had beforehand survived a stabbing assault that required intensive rehab roughly 5 months earlier than her dying.

At trial, the jury heard that on the evening of Nov. 13, 2014, Lu known as police for assist after his mom ran residence with life-threatening stab wounds to the neck and abdomen.

No suspect was arrested in that case; prosecutor Renwick argued that Lu had no possibility however to name for assistance on that event as a result of he could be blamed for making her bleed out.

“It made sense that the killer would make sure the job was completed in April as a result of it wasn’t completed in November,” he mentioned. “That’s a more likely frequent sense clarification for the viciousness of the assault in April than the hypothesis that it concerned organized crime or was a criminal offense of ardour.”

After Hsin’s homicide, Renwick mentioned Lu gave police theories that didn’t contain him, similar to casting suspicions on his mom’s ex-boyfriend and folks she may need owed cash.

However Lu made one key misstep, Renwick mentioned. After mendacity in his preliminary name to police on April 8 that he had no clue the place Hsin could possibly be, Lu later admitted that he had gone in search of her and had noticed the automobile within the Robert Speck Parkway car parking zone.

The choose is ready to ship directions to the jury on Thursday.


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