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Man charged in Toronto subway homicide has case put over to December

John Reszetnik, 57, appears in a courtroom in College Park in Toronto on June 19, 2018. He is accused of pushing another man to his death in the TTC subway. CITYNEWS/Marianne Boucher

The case of a man accused of killing an elderly stranger by pushing him in front of a Toronto subway train has been put over until December.

John Reszetnik’s lawyer says her client refused to leave his cell this morning so he did not appear in court.

Reszetnik, 57, is charged with first-degree murder in the June death of 73-year-old Yosuke Hayahara of Toronto.

Police have said the two men didn’t know each other and no motive for the alleged attack was immediately evident.

Reszetnik’s case will be back in court on Dec. 5.

The Toronto Transit Commission has said the last intentional pushing death on the subway took place in 1997.