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Police identify woman who was stabbed, set on fire

TORONTO – Police have identified the woman who was stabbed and then set on fire.

Police charged a 30-year-old man suspected of killing Bridget Takyi, 27, of Toronto.

Takyi’s body was found on an Etobicoke street on Saturday.

Police charged Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, 30, with first-degree murder. He was out on bail on domestic violence-related charges at the time of her death, Toronto police said.

“Her death was extremely violent,” Det.-Sgt. Brian Borg said.

“The intensity of that fire has virtually left her body unrecognizable.”

Borg said the accused was known to police.

Borg said Owusu-Ansah was charged Dec. 5 with three counts of assault, two counts each of assault with a weapon and weapons dangerous to the public peace and one count of threatening death.

He said the charges were related to domestic violence and involved the same victim.

Borg said the Takyi’s next-of-kin have been notified.

Owusu-Ansah was arrested at a Mississauga gas station Saturday, hours after police were called to the Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue area for a call of unknown trouble.

Borg said Takyi was attacked when she walked to her vehicle at 4 a.m. Saturday to head to work.

Owusu-Ansah is due back in court Tuesday.