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More time required for aggravated assault trial

By Shurtz, Delon on April 22, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

The trial for a 19-year-old Lethbridge man accused in an attack on a teenager last year is going to take longer than originally anticipated.

Alexander Roxby Styra’s trial was expected to last only five hours and was set to run June 9. But during a brief hearing Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court, the Crown and defence agreed more time would be required, and the trial was extended to run on June 12, as well.

In the meantime Styra, who faces charges of aggravated assault and motor vehicle theft, remains in custody at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

The accused and four others, including three minors, 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 said 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 had to be transferred to Calgary for treatment of serious injuries.

The boy had arranged to meet an 18-year-old woman, who had planned 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.

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