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Man charged with alleged murder of ex-girlfriend in Edmonton's 13th homicide of 2015

A woman was stabbed to death Sunday night. The crime scene was described as one the of the most “horrific” Edmonton Police Service Staff Sgt. Bill Clark said he has ever seen.

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A 38-year-old man is facing murder charges after allegedly stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death Sunday night, a crime scene one of Edmonton’s most experienced homicide investigators says is among the most “horrific” of his lengthy career.

Police say 38-year-old Nadine Skow was stabbed to death Sunday night or early Monday morning in her central Edmonton apartment. Her body was found Tuesday by a co-worker concerned about her after she had not shown up for work.

Police have charged Silva Koshwal with second-degree murder and indignity to a human body in relation to the woman’s death.

“The scene is probably one of the most horrific I’ve seen in my career as a police officer, and I’ve been to hundreds of murder scenes,” said Edmonton Police Service Staff Sgt. Bill Clark, a 36-year veteran of the police force. “I won’t be able to comment on exactly what was done, but unfortunately it is going to be very shocking.

“It’s gruesome, what was done to her.”

Clark said the man entered the three-storey walk up apartment building at 10650 104 Street Sunday night and mistakenly walked into another woman’s unlocked apartment on the top floor. The woman confronted him, and he went into the victim’s apartment across the hall, on the same floor.

The woman who confronted the man didn’t call police.

Police said this is the same man charged with the victim’s homicide.

“There is a possibility if police were called this might not have happened, but we’ll never know that,” Clark said.

The victim’s family has been notified.

“It’s a great family. Naturally, they’re devastated,” Clark said. “By all accounts, (she) was just a great lady. Had a great job, everybody liked her.”

“She was an unfortunate victim.”

This is Edmonton’s 13th homicide of 2015.

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