Man who pushed 73-year-old in front of subway ‘freaked out’ over eviction John Marchesan

A Toronto man who pushed another man in front of a moving subway train told police he did so because he believed it was his landlord, court heard Thursday.

An agreed statement of facts read in virtual court said John Reszetnik told a police officer he “freaked out” because he was getting evicted.

“I murdered him. I don’t know why they didn’t arrest me on the platform, it’s got to be on video,” court heard Reszetnik told the officer shortly after he was arrested on an assault charge.

“I freaked out. I imagined my landlord who, he’s evicting me, and I can’t find a place, and I’ll be homeless. I really did it. It’s no joke. I killed him, for God’s sakes.”

Court heard the officer had previously told Reszetnik about his right to legal counsel and advised him he didn’t need to say anything.

Soon after, the officer received an update that the victim – 73-year-old Yosuke Hayahara – had died, and alerted Reszetnik that he would instead be charged with murder, court heard.

The statement of facts said Reszetnik made the comments shortly after the June 2018 incident that killed Hayahara.

Reszetnik pleaded guilty earlier this month to second-degree murder in connection with the incident.

Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years.

A sentencing hearing will be held March 23.

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