Canadian authorities have filed charges against an individual, accusing him of committing 14 counts of murder through the act of sending poisonous substances through the mail.

A Canadian man, Kenneth Law, aged 58, has been charged with 14 counts of second-degree murder for allegedly aiding more than a dozen young people across Ontario in committing suicide by sending them poisonous substances through the mail. Earlier, Law was charged with 14 counts of counseling or aiding suicide. According to the police, Law sent around 160 packages containing lethal substances within Canada and also sent more than 1,200 packages to addresses in over 40 countries.

“It’s clearly significant… to be laying this many [charges] and that’s not taken lightly by the investigative team,” said Inspector Simon James from the police force in York, a district of Toronto, during a televised press conference. The victims’ ages ranged from 16 to 36, but their names and the reasons for upgrading the charges against Law have not been disclosed by James. He also mentioned that it is unknown how many people in foreign countries may have died.

Inspector Simon James stated, “We continue to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and collaborate with them globally.” The Canadian Broadcasting Corp reported that, based on official records and statements, Law could be linked to 117 deaths worldwide, with the majority in Britain. Other countries, including New Zealand, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland, have confirmed receiving packages from Law.

Law, accused of using various websites to target his victims, is currently in jail and is scheduled to appear in court on 19 December. “One of the challenges that we face is that a number of these sites are located in other countries where Canadian law does not apply,” added James.

If Law is found guilty, he will be remembered as one of the worst mass murderers in Canadian history. In April 2020, a 51-year-old man shot and killed 22 people in the province of Nova Scotia before being fatally shot by the police.

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