Thomas Prendergast, age 25, of Blackstock, has been charged with: Second Degree Murder. He was held for a bail hearing. The victim has been identified as 57-year-old Rita Prendergast. Police added that a post-mortem was scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 26.
According to police, on Thursday, Sept. 24, approximately 11:14 a.m., police were called to an address on Sunrise Dr. in Blackstock. A 57-year-old female was located without vital signs and suffering from numerous stab wounds. She was rushed to a local hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Officers arrested the suspect at the scene.
The area around Sunrise Dr. was blanketed with officers throughout the day, as police conducted their investigation. The murder is the fifth homicide in Durham Region this year.
Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to call Det. Leipsig at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5319.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the web site at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.