Derek Descoteau was killed in a stabbing incident in Chemainus last May.

Court date set for accused in death of Chemainus man

A date for a preliminary inquiry in the case against a Chemainus man charged with second-degree murder has been set for February.

A date for a preliminary inquiry in the case against a Chemainus man charged with second-degree murder has been set for February.

Derek Descoteau, 20, was killed in May after a stabbing incident at a single family house  on the 2800 block of Caswell Street in Chemainus at approximately 1:45 p.m. on May 20.

Descoteau and a 16-year-old girl were allegedly attacked in the front yard of the residence.

The girl, whose name was not released because she is a minor, suffered knife wounds to her neck and was treated in hospital as a result of the attack, while Descoteau died while being transported to hospital.

Colin John, 25, was arrested at the scene and treated for minor injuries in an area hospital.

He was later charged by  North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. and made a brief court appearance shortly there after.

A judge will now decide at the inquiry if there’s enough evidence and information for John to stand trial for the death of Descoteau.

John has also been charged with the attempted murder of the girl who is also from the Cowichan Valley.

John has been in custody since the incident on May 20 and has made several court appearances over the past few months.

Two pre-trial court dates have been set for January, and the actual preliminary inquiry begins in late February.

 

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