Toronto Police have DNA profile of Cabbagetown stabbing victim’s killer; victim scratched attacker

National Post | News

Police say they have compiled a DNA profile of the man who murdered Nighisti Semret.

Samples of blood that were found on a canvas bag Ms. Semret was carrying when she was killed, as well as an umbrella that a witness used to fight off her attacker have been put through forensic testing, said detective Sgt. Garry Giroux. DNA was also found under Semret’s fingernails, indicating that she scratched her attacker.

After eliminating a witness as a match, police found that three of the DNA samples belonged to the same individual.

The blood is believed to have been drawn from a wound the suspect sustained during the attack, possibly from a self-inflicted cut from the kitchen knife he used to repeatedly stab Semret.

Semret was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife in a Cabbagetown alleyway, just steps away from her home on Winchester Street in October. Police believe her…

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