Man Charged in City’s Second Homicide of 2014

Winnipeg Police CrestA 26-year-old Winnipeg man is facing charges in connection with the city’s second homicide of 2014.

Mowlid Korane Mohamed is charged with second degree murder, attempted murder, assault and uttering threats in connection with the Jan. 24 murder of 18-year-old Joshua Bentley, who died after a serious assault near the Osborne Street Bridge.

Winnipeg police say that while Mohamed and Bentley did not know each other, they had both attended a house party in the area on Friday night.

Mohamed allegedly left the party first, and waited in his vehicle outside the gathering. When Bentley, singer for local hardcore band Empty Hands, and a 20-year-old male left the party, police say Mohamed left his vehicle and confronted and attacked Bentley and the other man, who fled toward the Osborne Street Bridge where they were eventually discovered around 11:30 p.m.

The 20-year-old victim was upgraded to stable condition and later released, while Bentley succumbed to his injuries.

Mohamed is in custody at the Provincial Remand Centre. The WPS homicide unit continues to investigate.