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Esquimalt murder suspect has history of assault

The man charged in the Nov. 9 murder and aggravated assault in Esquimalt has a long history of violence.

Around 9 p.m. last Friday, Victoria police arrived at an apartment building in the 600-block of Grenville Ave. to a chaotic scene, where "one man (was) unresponsive and suffering from severe injuries," said Const. Mike Russell.

"Officers performed CPR until paramedics arrived and took the man to hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries."

A second man was also injured but is expected to make a full recovery, police said.

Police would not confirm the identity of the deceased, but media reports identified him as Clifford Roy Antonsen, 57.

Daryle Wayne Johnson, 49, appeared in court on Tuesday to face charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault charges.

Johnson has been convicted of multiple assaults dating back to 2007, and he has pled guilty to breaching probation orders, criminal harassment, wilfully resisting arrest and impaired driving, among other convictions.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit and VicPD detectives are investigating the homicide.

Johnson will appear Nov. 23 to plead to the charges.

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