A 33-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was set on fire in a Toronto public transit bus in what police say was a hate-motivated incident.
The man, Toronto resident Tenzing Norbu, was also charged with assault with a weapon, public nuisance and mischief. He appeared in court in Toronto on Saturday. The case was adjourned to 10 a.m. Monday.
On Friday, Toronto police said officers were called to the Kipling subway station in the area of Kipling Avenue and Dundas Street West around 12:30 p.m. They received a report of a woman being assaulted.
According to police, a man poured a liquid substance on the woman and set her on fire, starting the fire.
The woman was taken to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. As of Friday, the woman was said to be hospitalized with serious injuries. There is no official update on her condition.
Police said Sunday that the investigation was ruled a hate motive.