Trial dates for stabbing suspect likely to be set next month

Rosie Mullaley
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A man suspected of stabbing another man during a party on the Southern Shore last fall will soon have his trial set.

Spencer Rees Jesso, after his first court appearance in September 2013, is due back in court June 2, at which time trial dates are expected to be set. — File photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Spencer Rees Jesso wasn’t in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Thursday when his case was called.

Instead, he was represented by his lawyer Rhona Buchan.

Buchans and Crown prosecutor Shawn Patten told Justice William Goodridge they will soon be in a position to nail down dates for Jesso’s trial.

They estimate it will last five days.

The case will be called again June 2 to confirm the dates.

Jesso faces charges of aggravated assault, uttering threats to a woman and breaching conditions of his probation.

The 24-year-old was said to have been involved in a fight at a beach party in Renews on Sept. 22, 2013.

During the altercation, Jesso reportedly stabbed a man multiple times in the chest. The 20-year-old victim from Ferryland suffered multiple stab wounds, according to the RCMP in Ferryland RCMP. He was taken to hospital.

Jesso, who was released on bail, grew up in Ontario, but has family in Renews.

When he first appeared in court after the incident, he had two black eyes and scratches on his face.

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Ferryland, Renews, Ontario Renews.When

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