October 26th, 2020

Man charged in gang assault pleads not guilty


By Shurtz, Delon on January 9, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

Lethbridge Herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A 19-year-old Lethbridge man, who is one of five people accused in an attack on a teenager early last month, will stand trial later this year on charges of aggravated assault and motor vehicle theft.

Alexander Roxby Styra pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday in Lethbridge provincial court and a trial, estimated to take about five hours, was scheduled for June 9.

Styra and four others were charged following a gang-style attack Dec. 6 on a 16-year-old boy in an alley in the 200 block of Mayor Magrath Drive North.

Police reported a resident heard a commotion in the alley and saw a group of people running away. The resident heard a call for help and discovered the boy had been stabbed. The victim was transported to hospital then transferred to Calgary for treatment of serious injuries.

Police said the boy had arranged to meet an 18-year-old woman, who then arranged for a group of her friends to accompany her and confront him. The woman led the victim down the alley past her hiding friends, and they assaulted him from behind. The victim was punched, kicked and stabbed several times before his assailants fled.

The next day police searched a home and found the knife they believe was used in the attack. They also recovered a stolen vehicle.

Trinity Savard, 18, was charged with aggravated assault, then released on a recognizance by a justice of the peace. She was in court Tuesday, then her matter adjourned to Feb. 4.

Two 16-year-old boys and a 17-year-old boy, who can’t be named because of their age, are also facing charges in relation to the assault. They were scheduled to be in youth court Wednesday.

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