More charges for 14-year-old accused in the murder of Hamilton teen Devan Bracci-Selvey

Devan Selvey with mother Shari-Ann Selvey.
Devan Selvey with mother Shari-Ann Selvey. (Submitted to Global News by victim's family)

One of the two teenagers accused in the fatal stabbing of 14-year-old Devan Bracci-Selvey outside Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School on Oct. 7 is now facing new charges in connection with a separate assault case, according to Hamilton police.

The 14-year-old accused, who cannot be named due to a publication ban under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, appeared with his Toronto-based lawyer John Rosen at the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton on Thursday morning.

Hamilton police spokesperson Jackie Penman confirmed the new charges with Global News Thursday after revealing he is now also charged with two counts of uttering threats and one count each of assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement for two separate incidents.

The teen is accused of brandishing a weapon and threatening and holding another teen against his will at an east-end Hamilton residence in June 2017.

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The accused also allegedly threatened the same victim again during an argument in January of 2019.

Judge Mrjoh Agro ordered the teen to remain in custody until his next court appearance on Jan. 29 at 10:00 a.m. in Hamilton.

The 14-year-old is the only one of the two accused in the stabbing of Devan Bracci-Selvey that is facing a first-degree murder charge.

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An 18-year-old had also been charged with murder in the case, but that charge was reduced to assault with a weapon, administering a noxious substance and unauthorized possession of a weapon at a hearing on Dec. 13, 2019.

Police say emergency crews were called to the Main Street East school just before 1:20 p.m. on Oct. 7, forcing nearby schools and a daycare centre into a brief hold-and-secure.

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Bracci-Selvey, who had been injured in what police called a “serious assault,” was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital, where he later died.

Bracci-Selvey’s death has prompted a number of anti-bullying initiatives and dialogue about violence in schools across the city and province.

In early November, Hamilton’s public school board chose a team to lead a bullying review panel to provide independent feedback and recommendations on how to deal with bullying before May 31, 2020.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce used the tragic story of Bracci-Selvey as the catalyst for the province’s new measures to combat bullying in schools, introducing a plan to educate school staff on how to deal with bullying and employ de-escalation techniques.


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