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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - 11:45
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'I'm sorry': Toronto van driver's father apologizes

The tearful father of the Toronto van driver who left ten dead and 15 injured when he drove at a crowd of pedestrians apologized for his son as he left the court.
 
Alek Minassian, 25, made his first court appearance today, wearing a white jumpsuit with his hands cuffed behind him, where was charged with ten counts of first-degree murder and 13 of attempted murder.
 
Sitting in the front row, as the charges were read out against his son, was Vahe Minassian.
 
Vahe was seen quietly sobbing to himself during the brief hearing at the courts confirmed that his son was suspected of mass murder. He appears to be the only family member who came to court.
 
The suspect's mother Sona Minassian did not appear to be in attendance.
 
After Alek Minassian was detained, and ordered to return to court on May 10, his father left the court looking distraught. Mobbed by a large media pack, Vahe told reporters he hadn't spoken to his son since his arrest.
 
And when asked if he had any message to send to Toronto, he replied: 'Sorry'.
 
Alek Minassian also referred to the rebellion of 'incels' - a term used to refer to men who have been made 'involuntarily celibate' because women will not have sex with them.
 
It is reported that Alek Minassian hated women and it may have led him to attack.
 
A Sri Lankan mother of one was among the victims.
 
She was Renuka Amarasinghe from Horana.

Vahe looked distraught as he left the court after his son's brief hearing on Saturday 


Alek Minassian 
Alek Minassian, 25, named by police as the Toronto attack suspect, was a socially awkward computer whiz, friends said


The front end damage of the van that the driver used to hit several pedestrians in Toronto, Ontario, on Monday




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