DNA links man to 20-year-old murder
Investigators, in CSI-fashion, build case against man for 1984 slaying
Sep 26, 2008 12:20 PM
Elizabeth Hoffschneider's nude and battered body was found in the bedroom of her Huntington Beach, Calif., apartment more than two decades ago.
Police collected and preserved hair and fiber evidence and, in CSI-like fashion, forensic scientists last year matched the DNA profile to Gerald Su Go, a Canadian citizen.
Toronto police arrested Su Go last fall and today Ontario Superior Court justice Todd Archibald ruled there is "more than ample evidence" to justify the committal of Su Go, who is also known as Gerald Go, for murder.
Asked if he had any questions for the judge, Su Go's lawyer, Vanessa Arsenault, said no. Under the Extradition Act, he has 30 days to appeal the decision. Su Go is originally from the Phillippines but became a Canadian citizen in the mid-1990s.
The 38-year-old woman, who worked as an office manager at a medical company, was sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled on Nov. 15, 1984. Two co-workers, concerned that she was not at work, went to her apartment and found her body. Her apartment was ransacked and her wallet, identification and diamond pendant were missing.
The DNA profile in the three hairs was matched through the California Dept. of Justice database to Su Go. According to the newspaper, he was in that database after being convicted of a 1986 assault and attempted rape in Costa Mesa.
However, he fled California before he was sentenced and was a fugitive for 17 years until his arrest in New York in 2004.
So to recap this "Canadian" was convicted of assault and attempted rape on 1986 in California and went on the lam for 17 years during which he managed to become a Canadian citizen. And now he is wanted for murder.
How was a convicted criminal able to get himself Canadian citizenship? The most obvious answer is most likely the correct one: he lied. And I wouldn't be surprised if he used the refugee system to do it. To obtain approval to enter Canada as a landed immigrant takes a while, a long while, however all a refugee claimant has to do is set foot on Canadian soil and say "refugee" and you're in the country and the system which could take years to process. He most likely ditched any form of identification that would allow Canadian authorities to perform any background check to see if he is telling the truth about who he is. And for successfully gaming the most easily exploitable refugee system in the world we rewarded him with our much cherished citizenship.
This is all speculative because I don't really know how this convicted criminal evading the U.S. justice system was able to get Canadian citizenship. But it is most likely how it happened because as inept as our immigration system is I don't see how this particular individual would have been able to become a Canadian citizen if the truth were known. This shows how easily one can lie to get Canadian citizenship as a refugee claimant and why it is the choice route for criminals and economic migrants posing as bogus refugees. Unscrupulous immigration consultants even advise their clients to file a refugee claim if all else fails even if it means just a delay in their inevitable deportation.