TORONTO - A suspended Toronto lawyer admitted to criminally harassing his former live-in girlfriend and threatening to have her killed for leaving him or seeing other men.
David Da Silva used “aggressive behaviour and threats of violence” to control and manipulate his girlfriend, said Crown attorney Louise Collins in reading an agreed statement of fact to Justice Howard Borenstein.
“She believed he could pay people to kill her ... and believed him capable of carrying out his threat,” said Collins after the Toronto criminal defence lawyer pleaded guilty to criminal harassment between June 2011 and June 2012 and uttering a death threat in June 2012.
A publication ban was imposed on the identity of the victim, a “vulnerable” 22-year-old woman.
She was visiting Toronto in May 2011 when she met Da Silva at a party.
Within weeks, she was invited to live at his home, court heard.