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UPDATED: Attempted murder charges in Duncan stabbing?

RCMP divers and investigators search for evidence in and around the Cowichan River after Tuesday
RCMP divers and investigators search for evidence in and around the Cowichan River after Tuesday's stabbing.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

Attempted murder charges are possible against a female suspect in Tuesday's stabbing of a Duncan man.

The suspect appeared in Duncan court Thursday after a hearing Wednesday via phone with Burnaby's Judicial Justice Centre, court officials confirmed Thursday.

Those same officials indicated ban on publication is in place and referred questions about the suspect's name, details of the hearing and any charges to Crown, which was unavailable for comment at press time.

The victim, whose name has not been released, remains in serious condition in Victoria hospital, police said.

RCMP divers and investigators scoured the Cowichan River near the black bridge Wednesday for evidence regarding the stabbing.

Results of that search are not being released, said Cpl. Kevin Day of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.

Three females were initially taken into custody Tuesday, including the suspect.

The two other females have been released without charges, Day said Friday.

The alleged attempted murder happened at about 4:15 pm March 6, the Mounties said.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP were called to the scene of the stabbing which occurred along the river next to Duncan's ‘black bridge', a popular swimming hole during the summer.

Cops found the male victim who had suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen, Day said.

The 42-year-old female suspect from Duncan was also found by police near the scene, and arrested for aggravated assault with a weapon.

A local man told the News Leader Pictorial Wednesday he was fishing at the bridge Tuesday at about 1:30 p.m. when he saw a man he believed was the victim peacefully hanging out with others at the riverside.

The fisherman said he left the bridge hours before the alleged stabbing.

The bridge area is a well-known drinking spot.

The 47-year-old male victim was taken to the Cowichan District Hospital by ambulance. He was then flown to Victoria General Hospital by air ambulance.

Investigation into the stabbing continues involving an RCMP dive team, the Forensic Identification Unit, and a team of investigators.

The suspect is next set to appear in Duncan provincial court on March 20 at 9 a.m., staff said.

Any information can be reported to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at (250) 746-2153.

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