Image of the victim courtesy DRPS

Boyfriend charged for third Durham murder of 2024

Durham Police yesterday said one male is in custody following the murder of a 45-year-old woman in Ajax.

This is the third murder reported in Durham in 2024. Two homicide investigations date back to January with one in Oshawa and another at a long term care home in Whitby (see related stories below).

On Saturday, March 30 at about 11:05 pm, members from West Division responded to an unknown trouble call in the area of Hillman Drive and Shoal Point Road in Ajax.

Officers arrived on scene and located a 45-year-old female suffering from obvious signs of trauma. Life-saving measures were performed, however, she was pronounced deceased on scene. A male was taken into custody on scene without incident. He has been identified as the boyfriend of the victim.

The victim has been identified as Jennifer Polak (top image). Police did not mention the cause of death.

The suspect, age 35 of Ajax, is charged with Second Degree Murder. He was held for bail hearing. Name and further details available at

Police said intimate partner violence can take many forms, including physical, emotional, financial, and psychological abuse. It knows no boundaries and can impact people of all ages, genders, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This serves as a crucial reminder that we must come together as a community to support those affected by domestic violence and work towards creating safer environments for everyone.

If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence please reach out for help. For information and resources available please visit:

Anyone with new information is asked to contact Det. Thorne of the Major Crimes Homicide Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5223.

Editor’s Note: Durham Post does not name or identify the accused as:
1. Of this time, they are suspect[s] and not convicted by a court, and
2. Sometimes charges are amended or dropped.

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