Jury passes verdict in stabbing death of Winnipeg foster home manager
Ricardo Hibi, 34. was stabbed to death at a foster home he ran for boys.
WINNIPEG -- A 23-year-old man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a Winnipeg foster home manager.
On Thursday evening, after less than a day of deliberations, an eleven-person jury returned a guilty verdict against Kane Moar, the man who has been accused in the killing of Ricardo Hibi.
Hibi was stabbed to death inside the foster home he ran for boys on McGee Street in the city’s Daniel McIntyre neighbourhood on December 17, 2018. The 34-year-old had a fiancée and son.
"It was hard having to listen to everything detail by detail – having to think about how he suffered by himself and how it wasn’t even supposed to happen," Candace Woloshyn, Hibi's fiancée, told CTV News following the trial. "It was just a normal day. I don’t understand why (Kane Moar) did it."
The verdict went ahead after one of the jurors was showing symptoms of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The remaining eleven members of the jury were sent home on Wednesday but were brought back to court on Thursday for deliberations.
Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Justice Vic Toews told jurors the second-degree murder conviction carries a life sentence, but said he will have to determine in sentencing whether Moar will be eligible for parole in 10 years or 25 years.
Toews asked the jurors for their recommendation; seven had no opinion and four recommended parole ineligibility for 10 years.
"It’s not going to bring him back, but I'm happy to know at least he (Moar) will get a long time," Woloshyn said.
-with files from CTV's Touria Izri