Preliminary inquiry set for suspect in stabbing

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Stephen Hopkins pleads not guilty to charge

A St. John’s man suspected of stabbing another man on Frecker Drive last spring has pleaded not guilty to charges laid against him.Stephen Hopkins, 22, was back in provincial court in St. John’s Thursday morning.



Stephen Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins, 22, was back in provincial court in St. John’s Thursday morning.

His lawyer Jason Edwards told Judge Lori Marshall that his client has elected to be tried at Newfoundland Supreme Court by judge alone.

Edwards and Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten agreed to schedule the preliminary inquiry for Feb. 25-26.

Hopkins is charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in connection with an incident that happened on Thursday, June 6.

At around 1:40 a.m, it’s alleged Hopkins attacked a 37-year-old man walking on the south side of Frecker Drive.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said the victim’s injuries were serious, but not life threatening.

Police also said Hopkins and victim were not known to each other.

Hopkins is not in custody, having been granted bail shortly after his arrest.

Organizations: Frecker Drive.The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

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