Jason King’s preliminary inquiry for attempted murder postponed
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.
Jason King, far left, arrives at Harbour Grace Provincial Court on Monday, Jan. 23.