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Witness accounts differ in stabbing case
Posted in HOMICIDE, Tagged News ClippingsApril 7, 2008
The identity of a man who viciously stabbed another man in a Chinook Centre parking lot 18 months ago was again clouded when a witness to the attack took the stand on Wednesday.
[the witness], 19, described three men chasing another man and spraying what she thought was orange paint, as she and her mother were parking to see a movie on Dec. 29, 2005. [the witness] said one man pulled a knife from a pouch behind his back and appeared to stab the victim as he was lying on the ground, while the two others kicked and punched him.
“The one I saw with the knife, I thought was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and plaid shirt,” [the witness] said. “The others just seemed to be wearing dark clothing.” Her description of the stabber differed from the victim’s account. [the victim] testified earlier in the trial that the perpetrator was wearing a white hooded top.
[the witness] also agreed with David Chow. lawyer for the co-accused, that she was unable to pick anyone out of a police photo lineup shortly after the event. [the accused], 27, is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, two counts of assault with a weapon for pepper-spraying [the victim] and friend, and possession of a weapon - pepper spray - dangerous to the public.
The co-accused’s brother, and [another], also each face the latter four charges.
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