A BRITISH man has been charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly murdered a Canadian businessman.
Police said Craig Gibson, 28, got into a deadly altercation with Canadian Brett Sheffield, 38, in Toronto‘s Entertainment District in late August.
Officers arrived at the scene to find a badly injured man suffering from life-threatening injuries on August 28.
Two days later, Sheffield died from his injuries in hospital.
It is not known if the two men were acquainted and Gibson’s hometown in the UK has not been released.
Gibson appeared in a Toronto bail court on Monday, where he was charged with second-degree murder.
NextGen Drainage, a company founded by Sheffield, shared on Twitter: “Brett Sheffield, founder of NextGen Drainage Solutions, passed away on August 30 due to a random act of violence.
“His absence is felt deeply across the community, our company, and his vast network of friends and colleagues.
said in a press release: “On Monday, August 28, 2023, at approximately 11:25 p.m., responded to a call for an assault just occurred in the Portland Street and King Street West area.
“The victim has been identified as Brett Sheffield, 38, of Manitoba.”
The Sun has reached out to the Foreign Office for comment.
Last month, a British dad was arrested for attempted murder while on holiday in Canada – but his family believes the crime was committed by his doppelganger.
Thomas Nolan, 19, was held after flying to Canada with his wife Eileen Delaney and one-year-old son.
Toronto police have since charged him over an alleged car-ramming attack in June – five weeks before Eileen says they arrived in the country.
Eileen took to Facebook to air her hubby’s plight and defend his innocence.
She wrote: “We came on holiday on August 1, 2023. Three days later Thomas Nolan gets beaten and arrested in Canada and accused for attempted murder.
“He’s being accused of something that happened on June 27. Thomas was not in Canada on these dates.”
She claims a sinister lookalike is responsible and that the arrest is a horrific case of mistaken identity.
Despite being granted bail, he remains behind bars.