Suspect released, charges still pending after March 6 Black Bridge stabbing
A local woman has been in court and released in connection with last Tuesday’s riverside stabbing in Duncan.
The woman, 43, was released on
a list of conditions pending her next Duncan court appearance on March 20 at 9 a.m., explained Staff Sgt. Jack MacNeill of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
Leon Jack, the 48-year-old victim, remains in hospital, but his condition is improving, MacNeill told the News Leader Pictorial Tuesday morning.
RCMP divers have also recovered what MacNeill said is a carving-type knife believed to have been used during the stabbing, he noted of last week’s Cowichan River search.
“It was found in about 10 feet of water,” he said. “It’s more than a three-inch pocket knife.”
The victim is slated to be interviewed this week by police, he added.
His information could shed light on the March 6 stabbing that happened around 4:15 p.m. near the river’s black bridge.
After reaching the summer swimming hole, a known drinking spot, cops found Jack who’d suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and abdomen, Mounties have stated.
The suspect was found near the scene and arrested. Two other females taken into custody March 6 have since been released, police said.
A local man told the News Leader Pictorial Wednesday he was fishing at the bridge March 6 at about 1:30 p.m. when he saw a man he believed was Jack peacefully hanging out with others at the riverside.
The fisherman said he left the bridge hours before the alleged stabbing.
Police said the victim was taken to the Cowichan District Hospital by ambulance, then flown to Victoria General Hospital by air ambulance.
Police had earlier indicated to the News Leader Pictorial that charges may be recommended for aggravated assault or attempted murder, Crown counsel Neil MacKenzie said his office has yet to formally conclude charge assessment.
Investigation into the stabbing continues involving an RCMP dive team, the Forensic Identification Unit, and a team of investigators.
Any information can be reported to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-746-2153.