Stabbing victim uncooperative

Police are not optimistic about finding the two men who attacked a 36-year-old man on April 4.

Police say the victim was attacked along this stretch of northern Barrington (Olivia Schneider photo).

By Olivia Schneider

Police are not optimistic about finding the two men who attacked a 36-year-old man on April 4.

Const. Brian Palmeter thinks this was not a random attack, and says the stabbing victim has decided he doesn’t want to pursue the case.

Palmeter says he has provided police with conflicting information.

The attack happened on the 2100 block of Barrington Street shortly after 6 p.m. Palmeter says the victim, who was walking alone, was approached by two men who repeatedly stabbed him.  He was treated at Queen Elizabeth II hospital for wounds to his back.

Police believe the weapon was a knife, though it has not been found.

“We’re leaning to believe that he was specifically targeted,” says Palmeter.

He adds this leads police to believe the victim knew his attackers.

With no other leads, police have reluctantly closed the investigation.

Palmeter says uncooperative victims are discouraging. “Regardless of what a victim wants, people can’t go around assaulting people,” he says.

John Gillis, senior media relations advisor for Capital Health, says if people have gunshot wounds hospital staff must notify the police. That isn’t the case for knife wounds: patients must report them.

“We encourage the patient to make the report,” he says, “but we don’t file one.”

A Statistics Canada report published last April says knife assaults are increasing. Most assault cases don’t involve a weapon, but when one is used, a knife is the most common.