04/04/2013 11:53 EDT | Updated 06/04/2013 05:12 EDT

Police lay murder charge in east-end beating death

Toronto police have charged a 39-year-old woman with murder in the death of a man found ferociously beaten to death in an east end park.

Lori Ann Crook, of Toronto, appeared in a local courtroom this morning facing charges of first-degree murder and forcible confinement.

George Fawell's body was found last August in Jimmie Simpson Park, near Queen Street East and Booth Avenue, an area frequented by homeless people. The area is reportedly difficult to reach, with bushes and a fence to stop trespassers.

Sources had told the CBC's Ivy Cuervo the 24-year-old victim was found with his hands tied together and throat slashed.

Lead homicide investigator in the case, Det.-Sgt Gary Giroux described Fawell's injuries as among the worst he'd ever seen.

"He suffered a tremendous, tremendous amount of sharp force injuries to his face and neck and back and chest area — far more than what would be necessary to commit murder," Giroux said at the time.

Fawell was known to police, but his cousin Kelly Fawell told CBC News that he had been trying to turn his life around.