Man accused of stabbing stranger appears in court

Colin MacLean
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David Joseph Harrington (left) is led from Provincial Court Saturday after making a first appearance on charges stemming from an incident on Torbay Road Thursday morning in which a young woman was stabbed. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

The man accused of stabbing a seemingly random pedestrian in St. John's on Thursday made his first court appearance on Saturday.

David Joseph Harrington, 19, of no fixed address, appeared in provincial court. He was remanded into custody for an overnight psychiatric assessment and will appear again on Monday for a bail hearing.

Harrington has been charged with assault with a weapon — a knife — and aggravated assault.

He was arrested Friday afternoon.

The charges stem from an incident early Thursday morning. A 22-year-old woman had been walking on Torbay Road in the area of Elizabeth Avenue when a man — whom she reportedly did not know — stabbed her as she crossed paths with him, and ran away. The woman was able to flag down a passing motorist, who called 911.

Paramedics treated the woman at the scene and brought her to hospital, where she remains, with non-life-threatening injuries.

RNC Const. Suzanne FitzGerald told members of the media Friday the arrest had come after an investigation involving the major crime and forensic units, as well as other specialized departments, which she wouldn't name.

Police also revealed that it's believed the attacker was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.

Organizations: RNC Const.

Geographic location: St. John's, Torbay Road, Elizabeth Avenue

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