57-year-old John Collins from Orillia has been charged with the murder of Kinga Kriston in Collingwood

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Ontario Provincial Police received a report of a death in the Georgian Meadows subdivision on June 10th at approximately 8:20am.

On arrival, police located 55-year-old Kinga Kriston of Collingwood, deceased inside the home. The cause of death has not been released and was initially deemed suspicious.

As a result of the investigation, Police arrested John Collins, a 57-year-old man from Orilla, Ont. He has been charged with first-degree murder.

Update January 10th 2023
John Edward Collins, initially charged with first-degree murder, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his former partner, Kinga ‘Kay’ Kriston.

According to CTV “During his trial, the court heard Collins had joined Kriston in bed on June 4, 2022, at her Collingwood home before “he snapped” and struck her multiple times with a golf club as she screamed and pleaded with him.”

In an agreed statement of facts, Collins also punched her multiple times before the assault moved to the floor, where he strangled her. He kept her body in the Alyssa Drive home for five days before a concerned friend of Kriston went to check on her, and alerted the police.

The Crown and defence jointly asked that Collins, who automatically receives a life sentence for pleading guilty to second-degree murder, be ineligible to apply for parole for 16 years. The judge also imposed a lifetime weapons ban against Collins.