A 48-year-old man charged with assaulting his deceased 83-year-old father stumbled into a prisoner’s box yesterday for his first appearance in a Finch Avenue courtroom.

Dressed in a two-piece orange prison outfit, David Fischer uttered only part of his name when asked, then swivelled about the small, glassed-in area, sneering at times.

He is accused of assaulting Miksa “Max” Fisher in the modest home the senior shared with his 79-year-old wife Carmen. The couple has five adult children.

Fischer looked bewildered throughout the brief appearance, at one point holding up his left arm – part of a tattoo was concealed by a cast covering his hand and wrist.

He is to remain in custody in hospital until a bail hearing Thursday. Meanwhile, police await the results of an autopsy to determine what caused Max’s death. The elderly man had numerous medical issues, police said.


  • Fischer, who does not have a criminal record, gestured obscenely at whoever looked his way. He squirmed through much of his time in court. Fischer was arrested Sunday morning after police were called to his father’s Rathburn Road house, near Highway 427 and The West Mall in Etobicoke.
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