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Monday, March 04, 2013

Accused in British Columbia stabbing spree attempts suicide


VANCOUVER -- BC Corrections is increasing railing heights at one of its facilities after the man accused of stabbing seven people in Vancouver’s West End last January plummeted three storeys from a walkway outside his cell.
Jerome, 33, suffered injuries to his head, hip and collarbone on Friday — the day after his most recent court date — when he climbed over a railing and dove about 10 metres into a common area at the North Fraser Pretrial Centre.
"While the current railings are already above the approved building code height, we want to make sure we are taking every step to ensure the safety of inmates,” B.C. Corrections spokeswoman Marnie Mayhew said, adding the agency will begin increasing the height of the railings there over the next few months.
Furthermore, she said B.C. Corrections is also undertaking a review into the incident that left Bonneric hospitalized.Bonneric's lawyer, Bob Bellows, said his client had been suffering from mental health issues prior to being charged with 12 counts of assault last month.
Those charges stem from a Jan. 31 stabbing spree that left seven people, including a police officer, with significant wounds.
The French national’s next court date is scheduled for March 14. However, there is no word on whether that date will be changed after he underwent surgery Saturday for the serious injuries he suffered.

TYLER ORTON | QMI AGENCY
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