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Attempted murder charges dropped in Vernon stabbing case

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October 29, 2020 - 10:18 AM

Two men charged with attempted murder for stabbing a 45-year-old man at an apartment building in 2017 have had their attempted murder charges dropped and will now stand trial for the lesser offence of aggravated assault.

Brennan Joel Metlewsky and Jordan Robert Kupser, both born in 1996, were charged 2019 with the attempted murder of Sean Robinson. The charges were laid two years after the stabbing. Metlewsky and Kupser would have been 20 or 21 years old at the time.

At the Vernon Courthouse, Oct. 27, Crown prosecutors concluded the attempted murder charge assessment standard had not been met and both men will now stand trial at a later date for aggravated assault and robbery.

A third man, Matthew Patterson Kler, born 1997, was also facing the same charges but had all his charges stayed July 16, 2019.

Few details have been made public about the incident.

Vernon RCMP originally issued a media release May 15, 2017, saying a 45-year-old man had been taken to hospital in serious condition following a stabbing at an apartment building in the 2900 block of 43 Avenue in Vernon. It appears the incident took place mid-morning as police got the call at 11 a.m.

Attempted murder is a notoriously hard charge to prove. A Lower Mainland man was recently found not guilty for attempted murder after he shot a police officer twice at close range on a Skytrain platform in Surrey. He was convicted for the lesser charge of aggravated assault after the Crown failed to prove he had meant to kill the officer.

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