Saturday, 27 January 2018

Billionaire Canadian couple were murdered, police say

Apotex founder Barry Sherman and  his wife Honey pictured in 2010

-Detectives initially said they were not looking for suspects after the couple were found hanged in their  mansion six weeks ago.

-The bodies of Barry Sherman, the founder of pharmaceutical giant Apotex, and his wife Honey were  discovered at their mansion in Toronto on 15 December.

-Detectives initially said the deaths were suspicious but they were not looking for any other suspects, with the  case reportedly being treated as a potential murder-suicide.The home of billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman whose bodies were found in the property

The Sherman family insisted the initial police probe was flawed and hired private investigators who conducted an independent post-mortem examination.

Sources close to the family told local media the deaths appeared to be a "staged homicide" and a "contract killing".

Police say they are now treating the case as a double murder, six weeks after the Shermans were found dead.

Detective Sergeant Susan Gomes said: "We have sufficient evidence to describe this as a double homicide investigation and that both Honey and Barry Sherman were in fact targeted."

DS Gomes said there were no signs of forced entry at the property but she declined to discuss any evidence, possible motives or suspects.

Mr Sherman was estimated to be worth $3.65bn (£2.58bn) making him Canada's 15th richest person.

The 75-year-old and his wife, aged 70, became known for their philanthropy after giving tens of millions to the United Jewish Appeal and sending medicine to disaster zones.Jonathon Sherman - the son of Barry and Honey Sherman - speaks at a memorial service

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended their funeral and Mr Sherman is due to receive one of the country's highest civilian honours posthumously.

He was also known for his aggressive business practice and once mused that a rival might want to kill him.

In a 2001 book about the pharmaceutical industry, he said: "The branded drug companies hate us. They have hired private investigators on us all the time.

"The thought once came to my mind, why didn't they just hire someone to knock me off?

"For a thousand bucks paid to the right person you can probably get someone killed. Perhaps I'm surprised that hasn't happened."

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