April 18th, 2024

Man hoping for bail in weekend stabbing


By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on March 28, 2024.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

An 18-year-old man accused of stabbing another man on the weekend remains in custody while he waits for Legal Aid to appoint him a lawyer.

Robert Junior Rabbit made a brief appearance Monday in Lethbridge court of justice, where he hoped to have a bail hearing but didn’t have a lawyer to assist him. The matter was adjourned for two days, but on Wednesday he was still waiting for Legal Aid to provide counsel.

Duty counsel told court the accused needs disclosure and he advised him to wait until he had a lawyer before proceeding with a bail hearing.

On Sunday at about 1 a.m. police attended a motel in the 2200 block of 7 Avenue South after a report that a man had been injured. Police found a 21-year-old man who had been stabbed and he was transported to hospital by EMS with non-life-threatening injuries. A suspect was subsequently arrested without incident at the scene and a knife was recovered.

During the investigation police determined the individuals involved are known to one another and had been socializing with several other people in one of the motel rooms when a dispute occurred and the victim was stabbed.

Rabbit is charged with aggravated assault and possession of an offensive weapon. His matter returns to court next week, ostensibly for a bail hearing and to determine if he has a lawyer.

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