South African doctor in Canada murdered by patient’s ‘hammer attack’

by Tom Head | The South African

Walter Reynolds, 45, a Canada-based doctor, husband and dad of two from South Africa, was fatally attacked inside an examination room by an alleged drug addict at an Alberta Walk-In Clinic.


Local news reports indicate that a man wearing a grey hoodie up over his head, killed the doctor using a hammer and possibly a machete. It’s understood a row about prescription medication escalated on Monday, prompting the attacker to fly into a rage when he couldn’t get his hands on the drugs he’d requested.

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A brutal, frenzied response saw the killer bludgeon his target before he was eventually restrained by two ‘larger gentlemen’. Police arrived on the scene within five minutes, but were powerless to save Reynolds. The doctor had been practicing in this part of Canada for the last 15 years, after emigrating to North America.

Eyewitnesses said the suspect nearly hit the arresting officer with a hammer that was hurled towards the law enforcement official’s head, but he was taken into custody without further incident. The hammer – which was reported to be covered in blood – is one of two possible murder weapons alongside the machete.

According to court documents, Deng Mabiour, 54, has been named as the attacker. He is facing three serious charges, including first-degree murder. He and Reynolds had a doctor-patient relationship, but this violent incident has left a significant region of Canada reeling. Officials from the Alberta Government shared their condolences:

“I’m deeply saddened to hear of this horrific incident. Sending my condolences to Walter Reynolds’ family and loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with all staff and patients who witnessed this tragic attack.”

Tyler Shandro, Health Minister for Calgary and Alberta
“Saddened to learn of this horrendous and fatal attack on Walter Reynolds. Can’t imagine the pain and sorrow his family and clinic staff are now going through. On behalf of all Albertans, our deepest condolences go out to them.”

Jason Kenny, Premier of Alberta