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Canada Toronto panhandler guilty of murder in Queen Street stabbing

Nicole Kish, 24, enters a Toronto court after a recess on March 1, 2011. She was found guilty of second-degree murder shortly after.

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Nicole Kish, a 24-year-old panhandler, was led weeping from a courtroom Tuesday after being convicted of stabbing to death Ross Hammond.

Mr. Hammond, a 32-year-old Internet marketer who worked in Toronto but lived in St. Catharines, died two days after the fatal confrontation on Queen Street West with Ms. Kish and a group of her friends.

Ms. Kish had approached Mr. Hammond and a co-worker, asking for $20.

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When the two men swore at her, the stage was set for tragedy.

As Ontario Superior Court Judge Ian Nordheimer drew to the end of his reasons for judgment, his imminent decision becoming evident, Ms. Kish began weeping and shaking her head.

She was convicted of second-degree murder, which carries a mandatory life term.

Sentencing has been set for April 4.

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