Woman charged with first-degree murder after break-in at senior’s facility

Nov 7 2019, 4:53 pm

Edmonton Police Service have laid a first-degree murder charge in relation to the death of an 83-year-old woman in a senior’s home.

The incident occurred in July of this year and resulted in the death of Guiseppina Micieli.

The suspect, 49-year-old Cynthia Hamelin, has been charged with first-degree murder.

According to a release from Edmonton Police Service, “on Saturday, July 20, 2019, police were called to a senior’s housing facility in the area of 95 Street and 108A Avenue on the report of a break-and-enter.

Hamelin had gained entry to Micieli’s suite and assaulted her. Micieli was then transported to the hospital with serious injuries sustained from the assault.

A few days after the incident, the suspect was identified and charged for Break and Enter, Aggravated Assault, and Forcible Confinement.

“At the time of this offence, she was out on a recognizance order for a series of break-and-enters of senior’s homes,” said the release.

According to police, Micieli succumbed to her injuries in hospital on Monday, August 26, 2019, and an autopsy was conducted the following day.

“The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be pneumonia caused by blunt force injuries sustained during the assault in July. The manner of death was determined to be homicide,” said the release.

The two women were not known to each other, and police are not looking for any other suspects at this time.