Man convicted in Niagara Region torture case now charged with senior's slaying

Maria Araujo (arbormemorial.ca/glenoaks)

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Obsession, sexual assault, kidnapping, violent torture and murder.

In what was a disturbing violent crime spree involving many victims, Peel Regional Police have now determined who they believe murdered an 83-year-old woman in her Mississauga home late last year.

But it turns out the suspect they brought into court Monday is the same man convicted last week of two attempted murders in a twisted Niagara Region kidnapping and torture case that went down on the same day, Dec. 21, 2018.

The series of dark circumstances are like something from a horror movie.

But they’re not. They’re real.

Police alleged the violence stemmed from a case of revenge after the accused, Alexander Bates, served a three-year prison sentence for sexual interference that began in 2012 when the victim was 14.

In a St. Catharines court last Monday, Bates was handed a 13-year prison sentence for a brutal Dec. 21 attack on the girl’s father and his mother-in-law in their Smithville home. Bates tied up the pair with police-style plastic ties and hit them repeatedly with a baseball bat, demanding to know the daughter’s whereabouts.

They were left for dead. But they survived.

Bates was confronted by Niagara Regional Police outside the house and shot. He claims to have mobility issues as a result.

Through an investigation, it is now alleged this was not the Mississauga man’s only crime last December.

On Monday, Peel Regional Police charged the 47-year-old, who appeared in a Brampton court, with first-degree murder of Maria Araujo. She was found slain in her Green Meadow Cres. home on Dec. 21.

Police alleged the crimes are connected.

“This is one of the worst cases we have ever seen,” one police source said.

jwarmington@postmedia.com

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