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Charge upgraded to murder for fatal Dufferin Street incident

Peter Keeash charged with second-degree murder in death of 32-year-old Irene Barkman.
Dufferin Street Scene
Thunder Bay Police keep watch over a Dufferin Street residence on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, where a woman the night before was found unresponsive and was taken to hospital with serious injuries. (Leith Dunick,

THUNDER BAY – A murder charge has been laid in the city’s fifth homicide of the year against the 25-year-old suspect, who is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Peter Keeash has been formally charged with second-degree murder in the death of 32-year-old Irene Barkman, who was found with serious injuries in a Dufferin Street apartment last month.

Keeash had originally been charged with attempted murder prior to the victim succumbing to her injuries. The second-degree murder charge was officially filed on Nov. 2, with the previous charge of attempted murder being withdrawn.

Keeash is also facing charges of uttering death threats and forcible confinement.

Thunder Bay police were called to the north side apartment on the night of Oct. 29, where they found the victim with serious injuries. Barkman was taken to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and died on Oct. 31.

A police investigator previously said Keeash and victim were known to each other, though they were not in a domestic relationship.

Keeash remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in bail court via video on Friday.

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