By Shurtz, Delon on October 9, 2020.
A 29-year-old man accused of spraying a security guard in the face with a loaded syringe continues to adjourn his case while he receives ongoing treatment for substance abuse.
During a hearing Wednesday in provincial court, Lethbridge lawyer Ingrid Hess said her client, Wade Allan Cross Child, had completed treatment late last month at the Poundmaker’s Lodge Treatment Centre near Edmonton. However, she told court Cross Child is receiving treatment in Stand Off and is unable to attend court.
Hess explained she and the Crown are discussing resolving the case, but Cross Child needs to complete treatment first.
Cross Child is charged with aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon, stemming from an incident at the former 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 was 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 – reportedly containing 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 required ongoing treatment afterward as a result of the exposure.
Cross Child’s next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30.
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