Canada: Man charged in assault on B.C. Crown prosecutor near Vancouver courthouse

Accused had been released on bail days before allegedly attacking 2 women, court records reveal

Charges have been laid in an apparently random attack on two women — including a B.C. Crown prosecutor outside a Vancouver courthouse.

It comes just two days after the man accused had been released on bail on weapons charges, according to court records.

The man in his late 20s now faces two assault charges and is next scheduled to appear in court on Monday, according to provincial court documents filed under a case number provided by Vancouver police.

Friday’s assaults sparked concern from the premier, who said he’s asking the attorney general to look into the matter.

Police say the attacks happened near Hastings and Columbia streets around 9 a.m. Friday, close to a provincial courthouse located at 222 Main St.

Premier David Eby said Friday afternoon he was “profoundly disturbed” by the attacks, in particular that a provincial Crown prosecutor was among those assaulted.

The premier said on Friday he was told the prosecutor attacked received medical care, although police did not have an update on her condition as of Saturday.

“I don’t care if you’re a Crown counsel, a defence lawyer, a judge, a sheriff or a clerk — [for] our justice system to work, [it] needs to ensure the people who run it are safe,” he told reporters at an unrelated press conference Friday afternoon.

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Canada: Man charged in assault on B.C. Crown prosecutor near Vancouver courthouse