Stabbing at Halifax bar worries drinkers

The stabbing that occurred in downtown Halifax this weekend has made residents fearful of the Halifax bar scene.

By Christine Bennett

After being stabbed inside the Palace, victim made it out to the sidewalk before collapsing (Christine Bennett photo).

The stabbing that occurred in downtown Halifax this weekend has made some people fearful of the Halifax bar scene.

Just after 2:30 a.m. on March 4, the Halifax Regional Police responded to a report of a stabbing at The Palace Nightclub, on 1721 Brunswick Street. The 22-year-old male victim was taken to the hospital after being stabbed in the abdomen, suffering serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Patrol units located and arrested a male suspect within approximately five minutes of receiving a description from witnesses. The man has been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon.

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Pat Chadbourne, 20, was at The Palace nightclub when the stabbing occurred.

“I saw a little scuffle break out, which was shortly assessed by the bouncers,” Chadbourne said. “The word around the bar was that someone had been stabbed on the dance floor.”

Chadbourne believes that the situation could have been avoided if further security measures were taken.

“No one was really patting anyone down and it’s pretty easy to get something in there, I could imagine,” he said.

The recent stabbings have Chadbourne reconsidering attending The Palace.

“I’m scared. I have friends who have been mugged, and now hearing about stabbings in the club, I just need to reassess some things.”

Sophia Allen-Rice, 19, has become fearful of the bar scene as well.

“This is a university city, and students are looking to party. I’m sure The Palace won’t lose too much business,” Allen-Rice said. “People are still going to go, I’m just not sure if I’ll be one of them.”

Allen-Rice is hesitant to go out knowing that the stabbing took place with security nearby.

However, Chadbourne is hopeful that The Palace will still have a successful future. “I really hope that Palace can get their stuff together because that’s a go-to spot – everyone loves The Palace, I’m sure that ownership will do the best they can in making a safe environment,” he said.

The Palace nightclub was unavailable for  comment.


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