Attempted murder suspect found mentally fit for trial

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Paul Justin Morgan made a brief appearance in provincial court in St. John's Friday. - File photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

A man suspected of trying to kill another man in Kilbride two weeks ago has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial.

Paul Justin Morgan was back in provincial court in St. John's Friday for a brief appearance.

Morgan had been sent for a psychiatric evaluation.

With a letter from doctors at the Waterford Hospital, Judge Greg Brown told Morgan the results of his psychiatric evaluation.

Morgan was remanded into custody and is due back in court Jan. 10, at which time a bail hearing may be held.

However, his lawyer, Jeff Brace, told the judge he may not be ready to make a bail application, since he has yet to receive the evidence package from the Crown.

Morgan, 29, was arrested Dec. 14 in connection with a stabbing in the Kilbride area, where a 44-year-old man and 29-year-old woman were victims of a knife attack.

The male victim was taken to hospital with serious stab wounds and released later in the day, while the woman was examined and treated for superficial wounds.

Morgan, of St. John's, faces eight charges, including one count of attempting to murder the man.

He has also been charged with two counts of unlawful confinement, assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon, along with two counts of breaching an undertaking and a single count of breaching probation.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com Twitter: @TelyCourt

 

Organizations: Waterford Hospital

Geographic location: Kilbride, St. John's

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