Fort St. John woman arrested for murder in Burnaby

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A Fort St. John woman who is out on bail on charges of attempting to kill her husband in Fort St. John has been charged with murdering a Burnaby woman.

The Vancouver Sun reports, Ayelech Zenebe Ejigu, made her first court appearance on Thursday on a charge of second-degree murder. It’s believed Ejigu is responsible for the death of Bayush Hagos, a counsellor with the Vancouver and Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services.

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The trial related to the Fort St. John incident was adjourned in August and the judge altered her bail conditions on August 22, which allowed her to stay at Hagos’s Burnaby home.

Police were called Hagos’s home on September 1 and found Hagos’s dead and Ejigu wounded. The Vancouver Sun reports, Hagos allowed Ejigu to stay with her temporarily because she couldn’t find any other accommodation.

Both women immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia and spoke the same language, but only met when Hagos was called to the Surrey Pre-trial Services Centre several months ago to interpret for Ejigu.

In 2010, Ejigu was taken into Fort St. John Police custody after a man was stabbed. The incident happened in the 9700 block of 104 avenue.

Const. Jackelynn Biller, of Fort St. John RCMP told the Vancouver Sun, that Ejigu was initially granted on March 25, with “lots of conditions.”

The trial had been slated for two weeks in August, but “they needed additional time,” Passarell said.

“So at that point there was a modification made on Aug. 22 to her recognizance — a judge made a modification varying some of the conditions, such as her address.”

The continuation date of the attempted murder trial has not yet been fixed, she said.

For more on this story, click here to read the Vancouver Sun article


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