Shamrock City stabbing
A witness told police Bell threw a knife onto the roof of Rodway’s Office Supplies, a business just across the street. RCMP retrieved the bloody knife from the roof of Rodway’s.
Bell was arrested at the scene and taken into custody. He was later charged with aggravated assault and breach of probation.
Bell arrived at the bar that night with a friend at about 10 or 11 p.m. As the night progressed they became intoxicated, and Bell’s companion was becoming a nuisance. Bell’s friend was ejected from the bar between midnight and 1 a.m., and Bell followed him outside.
When Matthew Stacey went out to the parking lot for a smoke, he noticed Bell and his friend were shouting and arguing.
A female bartender came out to persuade them to take a cab and leave the premise. When Bell got in the bartender’s face and shoved her, Stacey intervened. He warned Bell not to hit her.
Instead, Bell punched Stacey. The two began exchanging blows, and Stacey managed to knock Bell down. The two continued punching each other. The fight ended when Stacey heard someone scream, “that’s enough!”
As Stacey was walking away, he looked down and saw his intestines hanging out below the naval.
He had received a cut six to eight inches long that required 18 stiches. He did not suffer internal injuries.
Bell claimed he was jumped by a group of men and that he acted in self-defense. And though there was a large crowd gathered on the parking lot and some small scraps occurred between some of the men gathered, Judge Noble, based on the totality of the evidence, did not accept Bell’s version of the story.