Ja­son King’s pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry for at­tempted mur­der post­poned

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The pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry for a man ac­cused of stab­bing a woman in­side a store at the Bay Roberts Mall last March was post­poned be­fore it could be­gin on Jan. 23.

Ja­son Alexan­der King of Spa­niard’s Bay was present in Har­bour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court. His one-day pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry was due to get un­der­way, but lawyer Shel­ley Se­nior re­quested a post­pone­ment, which Judge Bruce Short granted.

King is fac­ing mul­ti­ple charges, in­clud­ing at­tempted mur­der and ag­gra­vated as­sault, in rela- tion to an in­ci­dent on March 29, 2016 in­side the Dol­larama store where the ac­cused re­port­edly works. Po­lice were called to the store that morn­ing to re­spond to a re­port a woman had been stabbed.

Se­nior took over as King’s lawyer late last year. Due to a trial at the start of the new year, she had not been able to meet with King un­til re­cently.

Crown prose­cu­tor Erin Matthews op­posed the post­pone­ment, not­ing they were clos­ing in on al­most a year since charges were first laid and all wit­nesses were present and ready to pro- ceed with the in­quiry.

Short ul­ti­mately felt it was best to avoid a sit­u­a­tion where King’s coun­sel was not prop­erly pre­pared for the pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry, which could serve as sub­se­quent grounds for an ap­peal. The pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry will now take place Feb. 6. King re­mains in cus­tody.

AN­DREW ROBIN­SON/TC ME­DIA

Ja­son King, far left, ar­rives at Har­bour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court on Mon­day, Jan. 23.

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