Kenneth Law, a 58-year-old man from Mississauga, Ontario, has been charged with 14 counts of second-degree murder. These charges relate to allegations of selling a potentially harmful chemical to individuals, including one in Thunder Bay, who were at risk of suicide.
CTV News and other media outlets reported on Monday that these new charges were filed in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket. Law was previously charged earlier this year with 14 counts of counseling or aiding suicide by distributing a product capable of self-harm.
The charges stem from a comprehensive investigation led by multiple law enforcement agencies, including 11 jurisdictions and the Thunder Bay Police Service. The victims, identified as residents of Ontario, ranged in age from 16 to 36 years and included both males and females.
According to police reports, these individuals are believed to have consumed a chemical compound obtained from an online company operated by Law. The investigation further revealed that these products were distributed to people in over 40 countries.
Law has refuted the charges, and the allegations have yet to be proven in court. The latest developments in this case are expected to be disclosed by police in a news conference scheduled for Tuesday.
As this case continues to unfold, it is a stark reminder of the serious consequences associated with the sale and distribution of potentially harmful substances. This case underscores the importance of vigilance and regulation in the sale of chemicals and products online.
For those struggling with thoughts of self-harm, help is available. Individuals in need of support can reach out by dialing 988 at any time for assistance.