UPDATE: Stoney Creek stabbing victim identified as Janusz Harpula, 60:Son Thomas Harpula, 29, charged in Hamilton’s 10th homicide of the year

Thomas Harpula, 29, has been charged with the second-degree murder of his father, Janusz (John) Harpula, 60, following a Dec. 20 stabbing incident in upper Stoney Creek.

Police responded to 134 Highland Rd. W. shortly before noon to investigate a 911 call for “family trouble.”

Officers found a man in the doorway of the home, with multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to Hamilton General Hospital where he died at 12:37 p.m.

On Dec. 21, Thomas Harpula made his first court appearance, wearing what appeared to be a pale blue rain suit. His hands were bandaged.

He spoke out in court several times.

During his appearance, his family wept in the body of the court and shouted, “We love you, Tom.”

Harpula’s case was put over to Jan. 17, when he is expected to appear in court by video.

A next-door neighbour said Wednesday she believed two men who lived at the house were father and son.

The neighbour, who identified herself as Cindy but declined to give her last name, said she saw an older man taken out of the house on a stretcher. She said CPR was performed on him.

The investigation is continuing into the city’s 10th homicide of the year. A forensics van and police cruiser remained on the scene Dec. 21 and police had taped off both 134 and 136 Highland Rd. W. The two properties are just west of Saltfleet District High School. Police said they are not seeking any other suspects and there are no public safety concerns.

Anyone with information that could assist police with the investigation is asked to contact Det. Andrew Coughlan at 905-546-3874 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous tips can be submitted online at crimestoppershamilton.com.

-With files from Natalie Paddon, the Hamilton Spectator

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