October 21st, 2020

Aggravated assault case adjourned to Sept. 3


By Shurtz, Delon on August 21, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A 19-year-old woman accused of arranging an attack on a younger boy last year is scheduled to return to court early next month to face a charge of aggravated assault.

The matter for Trinity Savard was in Lethbridge provincial court Thursday, but adjourned to Sept. 3 when, after 11 previous court appearances, the case is finally expected to make some progress.

“We’re hoping to take a step,” Lethbridge lawyer Claudia Connolly told the judge.

Savard’s charge stems from an incident at about midnight Dec. 5, 2019 when a 16-year-old boy and an older teenage woman were walking in a dark alley just off Mayor Magrath Drive North, and the boy was attacked from behind by five people and stabbed. The victim was taken to the Chinook Regional Hospital with stab wounds to his back and suspected paralysis in one leg, then flown by STARS air ambulance to Calgary.

Court was told in June that the boy faces months of rehabilitation and treatment but is doing reasonably well considering his early prognosis.

In addition to Savard, who was not required to attend court Thursday, 20-year-old Alexander Roxby Styra was charged with aggravated assault and theft over $5,000. He pleaded guilty to the charges in June and is scheduled to have a sentencing hearing next week. The Crown is seeking custody for two years, while his lawyer will ask for time served – time Styra has already spent in custody – plus probation.

Two teenage boys were also charged in relation to the gang-style attack. They return to court Sept. 23 when a trial date may be set.

Both accused, who can’t be identified because of their age, are charged with aggravated assault. One of the boys is also charged with threats to cause death or bodily harm and obstructing a peace officer, while the other boy faces an additional charge of assault with a weapon.

During the police investigation of the assault, officers found a van that had been stolen Dec. 5 from a business on 13 Street North. The van was found parked behind an apartment building at 210 Mayor Magrath Dr. N., and inside one of the apartments police found a BB gun, a bloody three-inch folding knife, and the victim’s cellphone.

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