An anti-violence expert says she’s surprised London police didn’t release the name of a man charged with sexual assault, choking and confinement in March — a man now charged with second-degree murder.
London police had two chances last year to release the identity of a man now accused of killing Josie Glenn
“They are very high-risk behaviours. They are risk factors for lethality,” said Barbara MacQuarrie,community director for the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children at Western University - writes lfpress.com.
“Given the seriousness of these risk factors, that would weigh in the direction of warning other people. I’m a little bit surprised, given the behaviours are a high risk and there is a pattern, that they didn’t (release his name).”
Twice in the last year, London police had a chance to publicly release the name of Oluwatobi Boyede, 25, charged once with assault and once with sexual assault, choking and confinement — and now charged with second-degree murder.
But police say it’s “general practice” to release the name of accused in sexual assaults only when the suspect hasn’t been arrested and public safety is a factor, or when investigators need help from the public.
Otherwise, it’s up to investigators to decide if the accused’s name should be released, Const. Sandasha Bough said Thursday.
“If the suspect is identified and charged, the investigators may decide not to release the information to protect the identity of the victim, or to ensure that the victim is not re-victimized by media coverage,” she said.
Police should ask survivors if they feel safe with a name being released, not assume what’s best for them, said AnnaLise Trudell, manager of education for Anova, a London women’s support agency.
“Many of them would like to be asked that question, ‘What would you like us to do?’” she said.
It’s not up to police to suggest they have a moral imperative to warn other potential victims, Trudell added.
“The point is, they should have a choice.”
Boyede is charged with second-degree murder and offering an indignity to a body in the death of Josie Glenn, 26, whose remains were found at a southeast London home last Friday.
Court documents show Boyede was charged in March with sexual assault, choking, forcible confinement and assault in a Feb.16 incident involving a woman whose identity is protected by a court-ordered publication ban.
He faces another assault charge dated Feb.26, involving another woman.
In neither case does it appear London police issued a news release that might have put his name on the public radar.
After his arrest in March, Boyede was kept in custody until his release in May on a recognizance.
He was charged in July with failing to comply with one of his bail conditions, not being in his home at 252 South Leaksdale Circle after his curfew.
In September, he elected to have his case tried by judge and jury. A preliminary hearing on those charges was set for March5, 2018.
Little is publicly known about Boyede or his family. A man who answered the door at the family home on South Leaksdale Circle, where Glenn’s remains were found last Friday, declined to talk to reporters Thursday.
“We’re not in a situation to speak, not at this time,” he said. “I’d like to, with the family, come to grips with this.”
City tax records say the home is owned by Olufemi Boyede, an accomplished international trade advisor from Nigeria.
He is the president of Koinonia Global Services Inc., a trade strategy consulting firm, and the former advisor to Nigeria’s minister of industry, trade and investment, according to his LinkedIn profile.
The younger Boyede worked briefly in the kitchen at Montana’s on 485Wellington Rd., during the summer. He was hired as a food expeditor, which involves putting garnishes and other finishing touches on plated meals before a server takes them to the tables, a manager at the restaurant said.
Boyede started on June 13 and his last day was July 28, the manager said.
“He just stopped showing up for his shifts,” said the manager, describing Boyede as a quiet man who spoke in broken English.
“He didn’t talk,” the manager added.
Police searched a stormwater pond near the family home for a fifth day Thursday.
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