The 28-year-old Briton is charged with murder following a brawl that left a Canadian businessman dead in Toronto
- Businessman Brett Sheffield, 38, was killed after a late-night altercation at a Toronto bar in August
- 28-year-old Briton Craig Gibson is charged with second-degree murder in the case
A British citizen is in custody in Toronto after being accused of murdering a beloved Canadian businessman during a late-night brawl in the city on August 28.
Police announced Monday that 28-year-old Craig Gibson, of an undisclosed location in the United Kingdom, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 38-year-old Brett Sheffield.
According to police, officers were called to an incident that occurred “at a bar” near downtown around 11:30 p.m. When they arrived, officers found Sheffield with life-threatening injuries.
The victim was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries two days later.
Reports from the time of the attack said Gibson fled the scene after the fight but was arrested a short time later. Photos from the scene of the fight showed police cruisers parked outside a restaurant called Laissez Faire.
Brett Sheffield was taken to a local hospital where he sadly succumbed to his injuries two days later
“He was such a great boy who always treated me and everyone around him with the utmost respect.” “He will certainly be missed,” a friend said in a Facebook tribute to the victim
The suspect faced a bail hearing in Toronto on Monday, September 11th. The verdict from that hearing has not been made public.
NextGen Drainage, a company founded by Sheffield and passed on by Sheff to his friends, issued a statement after his death, calling the death the result of a “random act of violence.”
“Brett Sheffield, founder of NextGen Drainage Solutions, died on August 30 as a result of a random act of violence. “His absence is deeply felt throughout the community, our company and his vast network of friends and colleagues.”
“Brett’s passion for making every person feel valued and cared for will continue to motivate us.” We find comfort in our shared commitment to ensuring Brett’s legacy thrives. “We appreciate your care and patience as we support Brett’s family,” the statement said.
According to his LinkedIn page, Sheffield founded his company in 2011 and founded numerous other businesses throughout his life, including a farm and a gym. Sheffield graduated from Ohio State University in 2014.
“One of the best guys I’ve ever known.” He will be missed by many people. I still can’t believe it’s actually true. I’m still waiting for the daily text message from you to arrive. I will miss you so much! “I love you Brett!” one friend wrote in a heartbreaking Facebook post.
“He was such a great boy who always treated me and everyone around him with the utmost respect.” “He will certainly be missed,” said another friend.