Increase in charges against Canadian ‘poison seller’ Kenneth Law

The police in Canada have recently brought an additional 12 charges against Kenneth Law, a man accused of supplying a poisonous chemical to people who died by suicide. Law, who is from Toronto, had already been charged with two counts of counselling or aiding suicide earlier this year. It is believed that Law may have sent more than 1,200 parcels containing lethal substances to approximately 40 countries. Shockingly, detectives have revealed that 88 people in the UK who purchased from Law have died. The latest charges, also for counselling or aiding suicide, are related to deaths in the Canadian province of Ontario, and the victims ranged in age from 16 to 36.

This case has gained significant attention, resulting in 11 police agencies in Ontario becoming involved in what Inspector Simon James of York Regional Police described as a “very active and very complex” investigation. Law enforcement agencies around the world are joining forces to share information and collaborate on the case. Inspector James emphasized that those who prey on vulnerable individuals in their communities will not be tolerated.

According to Canadian detectives, Law operated several websites that offered equipment and substances to assist individuals in ending their lives. These charges follow the recent announcement from the National Crime Agency (NCA) in London, confirming Law’s involvement in sending packages to 272 people in the UK. Tragically, 88 of the recipients in the UK have passed away, although the direct cause of death cannot be confirmed as a toxic substance in each case.

The NCA is currently conducting an investigation into potential criminal offenses committed in the UK associated with this case. The agency expressed their deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased and confirmed that specially trained officers are providing support to them. However, the father of one of the victims, Tom Parfett, expressed his anger towards the police for failing to stop the trade in dangerous substances. He believes it is crucial for families to understand why such a scale of deaths was allowed to happen despite clear warning signs.

David Parfett, the father of Tom Parfett, also expressed concern that there may be other suppliers and unregulated websites promoting suicide. This case highlights the need for stricter regulations and surveillance on online platforms to prevent the dissemination of harmful substances and protect vulnerable individuals.

Overall, this increase in charges against Kenneth Law brings attention to the tragic consequences of his alleged actions. It underscores the importance of collaborative efforts among law enforcement agencies globally to combat crime and protect communities from individuals who exploit vulnerable populations.