George Street stabbing case called in provincial court

Rosie Mullaley
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The Crown will be seeking a stiffer penalty for a man suspected of stabbing another man on George Street in St. John’s, if he’s convicted.

Michael William Curtis Kelly is seen being escorted by a sheriff's officer at provincial court in this Telegram file photo.

Prosecutor Mike Murray said today in provincial court in St. John’s that the Crown will be proceeding by indictment on all charges against Michael William Curtis Kelly.

Kelly — who was released from custody on strict conditions shortly after his arrest last month — was in court with his lawyer, James Goodwin.

Goodwin told Judge Colin Flynn that he is waiting to receive further police evidence from the Crown.

Lawyers agreed to postpone the case until June 25.

Kelly, 20, faces charges of aggravated assault, assault with a weapon (a knife), assault causing bodily harm and possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Police said Kelly is not from this province.

He was arrested shortly after the incident, which happened at 2 a.m. April 5.

The stabbing victim, a 24-year-old man, was taken to the Health Sciences Centre and has since been released from hospital.

It was the second stabbing that happened on George Street around that time.

The previous weekend, on March 30, police were called to the same downtown St. John's street, renowned for its numerous bars and pubs.

In that case, a 36-year-old man was stabbed and sent to hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

Eighteen-year-old Jake Long was arrested and was granted bail shortly after his initial court appearance.

Long reportedly became irate and damaged property at RNC headquarters after being taken into custody.

He’s charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon (a knife), possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possessing a concealed weapon and mischief by damaging property.

Long is due back in court June 13.

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: Health Sciences Centre

Geographic location: George Street, St. John's

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