By Shurtz, Delon on March 10, 2020.
A 29-year-old man who sprayed a security guard in the face with a loaded syringe made his first appearance in Lethbridge provincial court Monday.
Wade Allan Nicholas Cross Child appeared in person and sat quietly in the prisoner’s dock, while duty counsel simply asked to adjourn the matter until Wednesday to give the accused time to retain a lawyer through Legal Aid.
Cross Child is charged with aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon, stemming from an incident at the supervised consumption site March 3.
Just after 6 a.m. police responded to a report that a security guard working at the SCS in the 1000 block of 1 Avenue South had been assaulted by a client.
Security approached a man in the waiting area after he began to inject himself, and since drug use is only permitted in the consumption area, the security guard told the man to stop and go into the supervised area. The man became upset and shot the contents of the syringe – blood and other fluids – into the security guard’s face before he was taken into custody.
The 22-year-old guard was treated at Chinook Regional Hospital and released, but he will require ongoing treatment as a result of the exposure.
Police arrested the suspect at the SCS and seized the syringe.
Although the accused could have a bail hearing when he returns to court Wednesday, Crown prosecutor Erin Olsen told court she is opposed to Cross Child’s release and intends to revoke his bail on several other charges stemming from previous, unrelated offences, including robbery, drug possession and theft. Olsen noted even more charges are expected to be added to the list.
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