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Vaughan man charged with homicide after woman found in house fire

Mohammad Askaryar, 71, is charged with first-degree murder and arson endangering life
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A Vaughan man has been arrested for murder following the discovery of a woman inside a burning house last week.

Mohammad Askaryar, 71, is charged with first-degree murder and arson endangering life.

An autopsy determined the victim, 64-year-old Naheed Askaryar of Vaughan, died of stab wounds, York Regional Police said.

Police confirmed the accused and the victim were married.

Police were called to assist the Vaughan fire department Friday, Sept. 23 at about 7:45 p.m. at a house fire in the area of Parktree Drive and Lucena Crescent.

When officers arrived on scene, they located an unresponsive victim inside the residence. She was transported to hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Anyone who has been contacted by investigators and has not yet given their witness statement is asked to contact police.

Investigators are also looking for surveillance or dashcam video from the area at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7865 or homicide@yrp.ca, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.


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