Toronto police review sudden deaths for links to Mississauga man charged in lethal product sale


Published May 10, 2023 at 10:58 am

Toronto police say they are reviewing sudden deaths that could be linked to a Mississauga man accused of selling a lethal substance to people at risk of self-harm.

Peel Regional Police arrested Kenneth Law last week and charged him with two counts of counselling or aiding suicide after investigating two recent deaths in the area.

Law, 57, is set to appear at a Brampton courthouse by video link today as he remains in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

Peel Region police allege the man used a series of websites to market and sell sodium nitrite, a substance commonly used to cure meats but which can be deadly.

They say their investigation has found that at least 1,200 packages – they have not detailed what was in them – were allegedly sent to 40 countries.

A coroner’s report from the United Kingdom appears to point to at least one death by suicide in the U.K. that’s linked to a postal box in Mississauga and a company name police have linked to Law.


If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, support is available 24/7 by calling Talk Suicide Canada (1-833-456-4566) or, for residents of Quebec, 1 866 APPELLE (1-866-277-3553).


The Canadian Press

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