Youbou man attacked with ‘edged weapon’

Police say charges being sought against a Duncan man after argument victim suffers head injuries

A Youbou man is healing from head wounds suffered during a recent argument in a Youbou home, police say.

Lake Cowichan RCMP Sgt. Wes Olsen says while rumours of ax attack are false, an “edged weapon” believed used to hit the 43-year-old victim, has been seized.

Police aren’t saying exactly what that suspect weapon is, other than it is not an ax nor a hatchet, his release says.

“Police continue to investigate this matter and, although an arrest has not been made, they are forwarding details of the incident to the provincial Crown attorney for a decision on a charge recommendation against a 44-year-old Duncan male.”

A package of data is going to Crown for potential charges of assault with a weapon, or assault causing bodily harm, Olsen told the News Leader Pictorial.

The complicated case has involved RCMP detectives with the general investigation section, he noted.

“Police had no clear idea of what occurred due to the victim being unable to supply information,” Olsen told the Leader.

It all started Jan. 22 at about 5:55 p.m. when Lake Cowichan Mounties were called to help paramedics at a Youbou residence.

Cops found the injured man — whose name hasn’t been released — with profusely bleeding heads wounds.

Police learned he had come to that house seeking help, but “was unable to assist police in telling them how or where he had received his injuries.”

The victim was taken to Victoria General Hospital for treatment. He was released a day or two later, Olsen explained.

Investigation fingered a nearby, unoccupied house believed to have been the crime scene.

“Throughout that evening and the next day, police interviewed several people and were able to locate witnesses that indicated the victim was involved in an altercation at the residence located by police,” Olsen says.

The sharp weapon, witnesses statements, and other evidence produced data headed to Crown lawyers.

Just Posted

New owners of Crofton mill see bright future for industry

No layoffs or significant changes planned

East side Malahat community say new turnaround increases risk of collision

New turnaround’s poor sight lines and high speed of oncoming traffic leave drivers feeling unsafe

Live music scene at Osborne Bay Pub a paradise for musicians, audience

Berry takes it the next level with an impressive schedule featuring many different genres

Osborne Bay Pub executive chef appeals to music patrons’ tastes

Being part of a creative enterprise suits Lavoie

‘Outside Mullingar’ follows two Irish people along the bumpy road to happiness

John Patrick Shanley’s play looks at how a couple’s relationship can reflect their love of the land

Lexi Bainas column: Mystery, history, music, painting, and pottery: we’ve got a basketful for you this week

From Deathtrap to JW-Jones and Sue Coleman, there are many A&E surprises out there

BCTF wins grievance over teacher shortage in public schools

Arbitrator found Chilliwack school district did not hire enough on-call teachers or librarians

Workers at BC Interior mill strike as negotiations resume in Kelowna

Picket lines went up at 4 a.m Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Tolko Lakeview Division in Williams Lake

Fall-ing for unseasonably warm weather on Vancouver Island

Environment Canada forecast calls for sunshine through weekend

Toronto Police ID B.C. man as naked shark tank jumper

David Weaver, of Nelson, is wanted on mischief and assault charges

In Florida, families seeking the missing amid storm damage

Five days after the hurricane slammed into the Florida Panhandle, people are struggling to locate friends and loved ones.

Prince Harry and Meghan start Aussie tour with baby gifts

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

EU’s Barnier hopes Brexit deal possible in ‘coming weeks’

Britain is set to leave the European Union in March, but a Brexit agreement must be sealed in coming weeks to leave enough time for relevant parliaments to ratify it.

Earth samples show dust from B.C. pipeline blast not a health threat: Enbridge

Enbridge says earth sampling shows mineral and metal composition is well below provincial and federal standards for urban and residential areas.

Most Read