UPDATE: George Street stabbing suspect appears in court

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For the second weekend in a row, a man appeared in court for allegedly stabbing another on George Street in St. John’s.

Michael William Curtis Kelly is escorted by a sheriff's officer at St. John's Provincial Court Saturday.

This time the accused was Michael William Curtis Kelly, 20. He is facing charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon (a knife), and assault causing bodily harm.

The victim, a 24-year-old man, was taken to the Health Sciences Centre after the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary responded to a disturbance at 2 a.m. Saturday. A RNC spokeswoman said that man has since been released from hospital. She added the accused is not from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Lawyer Ginger Holmes told Judge John Joy the Crown was opposed to Kelly’s release. Joy agreed to setover the matter until Monday for a potential bail hearing.

News of this incident comes almost exactly one week after police were called to the same St. John’s street renowned for its bars and pubs. In that case, a 36-year-old man was stabbed and sent to hospital with significant injuries. An arrest has been made and the accused, 18-year-old Jake Long, was granted bail Wednesday.

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(Earlier story)

For the second weekend in a row, a man has apparently been stabbed on George Street in St. John’s.

According to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary’s overnight report, officers were called to George Street at 2 a.m. Saturday to look into a disturbance.

The victim was found at the scene and sent to the Health Sciences Centre. Police said his injuries were consistent with a stabbing. No information was provided about the victim’s condition.

The RNC’s criminal investigation division is currently handling the case. Police have not said whether or not a suspect is in custody.

At almost the same time last Saturday, officers responded to a stabbing incident on George Street. The male victim was taken to hospital with significant injuries. An 18-year-old St. John’s man, Jake Long, was subsequently charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon, among other charges. He was granted bail Wednesday.

Organizations: Health Sciences Centre

Geographic location: George Street

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  • Bruce
    April 05, 2014 - 14:15

    I thought George Street was a place to go to have fun. Apparently many idiots think it is a place to play with knives and other weapons. Why do they fight with each other there? But this way many will get only a slap on their wrist after they get arrested.

  • Brian
    April 05, 2014 - 11:05

    Maybe it's time to have the conversation around installing a security type access point to the "Street." If someone doesn't soon wake up to this ever increasing problem the story yet written will be about a fatality on George. The knives and bear spray would be caught at the checkpoint and access denied, expensive but you know what, so is crime....and ultimately punishment. Fast becoming a dangerous part of our City, not exactly something to be proud of let alone promote. Someone should compile and disclose the numbers on the crime of this magnitude on George Street,seems to me it is on the rise and as far as I can tell we aren't doing much about it.....oh wait there are cameras there....sure to stop a knife fight! Just a thought.....