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2 women assaulted in downtown Vancouver, including Crown attorney

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Two women attacked, including B.C. Crown prosecutor
Two women, including a B.C. Crown counsel lawyer, were victims in what are being called a pair of random attacks near a Vancouver courthouse. Rumina Daya reports – Feb 2, 2024

Two women were assaulted in downtown Vancouver on Friday morning, one of whom was a Crown prosecutor on her way to work at Vancouver’s B.C. Provincial Court.

The BC Prosecution Service confirmed the attack on its employee, but could not provide an update on her injuries.

According to Vancouver police, the attacks took place around 9 a.m., shortly after one another, near East Hastings and Columbia streets. It’s believed the same male suspect is responsible for both.

Click to play video: 'Two women assaulted in downtown Vancouver'
Two women assaulted in downtown Vancouver

“We do believe these two assaults were random in nature. We don’t believe the suspect and the victims knew each other, so again, that all poses very concerning red flags for us,” Const. Tania Visintin told Global News.

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“Obviously, it’s early to say but the suspect probably wasn’t in his right state of mind. Drugs and alcohol, mental illness, could all be considered factors right now.”

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Vancouver police officers found not guilty of assault

At an unrelated press conference Friday, Premier David Eby said he was “profoundly disturbed” by the assault on the Crown attorney, who is receiving medical treatment.

“I don’t care if you’re Crown counsel or a defense lawyer or a judge or a sheriff or a clerk. Our justice system, to work, needs to ensure that the people who run it are safe — just like our hospitals, just like our bus drivers,” he said.

“I am reaching out to our attorney general. I know that she and her team will be looking at what we can do to increase safety.”

 

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