January 23rd, 2018

Man charged with aggravated assault remains in custody

By Shurtz, Delon on September 13, 2017.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald


A 35-year-old man charged with aggravated assault following a stabbing in August remains in custody while his lawyer prepares for a possible bail hearing.

The accused, Rueben Cody Smith, was in Lethbridge provincial court Tuesday where he appeared by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre. His lawyer told court she doesn’t have enough information about the case to properly conduct a bail hearing and she simply asked for an adjournment.

“I don’t have a lot of disclosure,” Tracy Hembroff explained to the judge.

She pointed out the Crown, who is opposed to her client’s release from custody, will obtain more disclosure, and the matter will be back in court Sept. 20.

Smith is charged with two counts of aggravated assault stemming from an incident Aug. 22 in Lethbridge. At about 7:30 p.m. that day police responded to a 911 call of an assault at an apartment building in the 1400 block of Ashgrove Road South where a group of people were involved in a dispute. The dispute escalated to a physical altercation, and when police arrived they found that two 20-year-old men had been stabbed.

The victims were transported to Chinook Regional Hospital where one of the men remained while the other was transferred to Calgary.

Two others have also been charged in connection with the double stabbing. Garrett Shane Williams, 35, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of breaching a recognizance. And Toby Joshua Kingsley Firstcharger, 33, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of assault with a weapon. Both men are scheduled to return to court Friday.

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