Pizza delivery man stabbed on Hunter St.
The city man charged in connection with last week’s fatal stabbing of a 43-year-old Stewart St. man will return to court Thursday after his lawyer was unable to attend his Wednesday morning appearance in Peterborough Ontario Court of Justice.
Bryan Townson, 34, charged with first-degree murder in the death of Paul Atchison, was the first accused to appear Wednesday during video appearances from Lindsay’s Central East Correctional Centre heard before Justice of the Peace Jason Mariasine
Sporting short hair, he wore an orange prisoner’s jumpsuit, handcuffs and had a large white bandage on his left hand as he stood in a superjail video remand room.
His lawyer, Dave McFadden of city firm Moldaver and McFadden, had been in the courtroom just a few minutes before he appeared, but was summoned to a neighbouring courtroom where one of his other clients, who remains in custody, was appearing in person.
In light of that, the case was adjourned until Thursday, again via video. Those appearances begin at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2. Townson made his first court appearance, also via video from Lindsay, on Feb. 7.
Disclosure, the police and Crown’s evidence against an accused, was provided to McFadden earlier in the morning, court heard.
A funeral will be held Friday for Atchison, who was found on the sidewalk on Dalhousie St. near his home at 200 Stewart St. Unit 3 and rushed by paramedics to Peterborough Regional Health Centre where he was pronounced dead.
A memorial has been set up outside the home of the father of three and grandfather of one.
Visitation will be at Ashburnham Funeral Home on Armour Road on Friday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. His family is asking that memorial donations be made to Warming Room Community Ministries, Peterborough Food Bank, Salvation Army Peterborough or to Brock Mission. City police made an arrest early Wednesday morning after an alleged knifepoint robbery in East City. Police say a pizza delivery driver was bringing a pizza to an apartment on Hunter St. E. at about 12:20 a.m. when a man threatened him with a knife and demanded cash. The driver was cut when he tried to flee. The man took the pizza and left as the driver called police. He was taken to hospital for treatment. Police later found a suspect inside the building. Cody Craig Patterson, 26, of Hunter St. E., was charged with robbery with a weapon and failing to comply with a probation order. He was held in custody and was to appear in court Wednesday.