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Crown seeks life for ‘incel’ attacker who tried to kill mother, baby

Sentencing hearing for Alexander Stavropoulos, 28, continues in Sudbury courtroom
Greater Sudbury Police put Alexander Stavropoulos into the back of a police cruiser following his arrest June 3, 2019. (Heather Green-Oliver /

The sentencing hearing for a Sudbury man who has pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder was told Monday that the man who tried to kill a baby and her mother in a Sudbury parking lot two years ago is a cunning and unrepentant liar with no remorse and will say whatever it takes to get a lighter sentence.

Assistant Crown Attorney Leonard Kim presented that assessment of 28-year-old Alexander Stavropoulos during the first few hours of submissions before Ontario Regional Senior Justice Karen Lische of the Ontario Court of Justice.

"You've got red flags here your honour," Kim told the judge.

"These red flags are essentially telling us it is just a matter of time before Mr. Stavropoulos commits another violent offence upon his release."

Kim told the judge the Crown is seeking a life sentence with no chance for parole for at least 10 years. Stavropoulos is the same individual who was shot in the leg and arrested by Greater Sudbury Police Service in 2018 after brandishing knives and trying to get into a security office at the Sudbury Transit terminal.

That incident occurred 11 months before the June 2019 attack that saw Stavropoulos stab a woman and punch her infant child in a parking lot near and an arts and crafts store on Marcus Drive.

Stravopoulos told police in a recorded interview that he was sexually frustrated and angry with “white women” in particular because they would not have sexual intercourse with him. 

He has labelled himself an “incel,” or involuntarily celibate, a community of mostly men unified by their inability to find female companionship.

On June 3, 2019, he told police he went to the Silver Hills shopping area that morning with the goal of “murder(ing) a little white girl,” indicating the child was the focus of his attack, rather than the mother. 

Kim said despite claims that Stavropoulos made that he might have been suffering from mushroom-induced hallucinations or marijuana psychosis, there was no actual evidence of that. The sentence hearing continues.