Pre-trial hearing begins in alleged stabbing case

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A pre-trial hearing for a man suspected of stabbing another man on Frecker Drive in St. John’s last spring started in provincial court today.

Stephen Hopkins enters provincial court for the start of his pre-trial hearing today in St. John’s. Hopkins is accused of stabbing a man on Frecker Drive last spring. Photo by Josh Pennell/The Telegram

Last Nov. 21, Stephen Hopkins, 22, pleaded not guilty to charges laid against him and elected to be tried in Newfoundland Supreme Court by judge alone.

Hopkins is charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in connection with an incident on June 6 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 at the time, the suspect and victim were not known to each other.

Two days have been set aside for the pre-trial hearing.

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

Organizations: Frecker Drive.The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

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