MANDEL: Woman accused of killing Toronto lawyer with rental truck denied bail

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Toronto has seen more than its fair share. When a popular law firm receptionist was fatally stabbed this month, it wasn’t the first time the Toronto legal community was rocked by a shocking murder in its midst.

On Dec. 18, 2020, litigation lawyer Scott Andrew Rosen, 52, was killed in a brazen hit-and-run in an underground parking lot on Eglinton Ave. E. near Mount Pleasant Rd. A woman who once sat across the table from him in a bitter litigation case was charged with first-degree degree murder.

After nine months in custody, Anh Chiem, 63, asked the court to be released on bail to await her trial. In a decision released Wednesday, she was told she would be staying where she is.

A tiny woman with long dark hair touched with gray, Chiem wept from the video room at the Vanier Centre for Women as a Vietnamese interpreter translated Superior Court Justice Wailan Low’s ruling. The judge’s reasons are covered by a publication ban as is evidence in the case.

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Scott Andrew Rosen, 52, was killed in a hit-and-run on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, that was later determined to be a homicide.
Scott Andrew Rosen, 52, was killed in a hit-and-run on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, that was later determined to be a homicide. Photo by Handout /Toronto Police

But a past civil court ruling reveals Rosen was representing Chiem’s former son-in-law in an ongoing lawsuit against her. According to the 2019 decision, Chiem and Peter Voong were in a dispute over a parcel of land in Etobicoke owned by Chiem’s mother where Voong’s Castleform Development Inc. was to build two houses.

“This is an unfortunate matter,” Justice Thomas Lederer wrote at the time. “Unfortunate in the sense that while brought forward as a business dispute, it has the undertones of a failing family relationship.”

No one could have imagined it would later escalate to allegations of murder.

In the motion, Chiem claimed she and her mother had already reached a prior agreement on the terms of the build with Voong and the lawsuit should be dismissed. Voong denied any agreement had been reached and a trial was needed.

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  1. Scott Andrew Rosen, 52, was killed in a hit-and-run on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, that was later determined to be a homicide.

    Toronto lawyer slain in hit-and-run

  2. Anh Thu Chiem, 62, is charged with first-degree murder in the Dec. 18, 2020 killing of lawyer Scott Andrew Rosen..

    Woman, 62, charged with first-degree murder in Toronto lawyer hit-run

Lederer sided with Voong and ordered Chiem to pay $37,000 in costs to her ex-son-in-law’s company.

Less than a year later, Voong’s lawyer was killed.

At the time of the slaying, Toronto Police said they believed Rosen was targeted and the driver of a U-Haul truck was waiting for him in the underground after he finished work that day. When officers arrived at the scene at about 5:30 p.m., they found the lawyer lying on the ground with massive injuries.

The father of two could not be revived and was pronounced dead.

The rented truck used in the hit-and-run was located later that night near Bathurst St. and Dundas St. W.

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Police said they’d be reviewing security video footage from the area.

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Several days later, Chiem was under arrest.

Reports at the time said Rosen had also been attacked in 2018 by a woman who threw acid at him but no arrest was made.

The litigator was described as a “truly wonderful son, father, partner in life, brother and uncle” in an obituary that ran shortly after his murder.

“Scott has been taken from us in a way we cannot fathom, but he will continue to live on in his children, for he taught them well and he will forever remain in our hearts and thoughts,” the obituary stated.

One of his two sons was on the Zoom call as the judge denied bail, no doubt relieved that Chiem will remain behind bars for now.

mmandel@postmedia.com

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