Afshin Maleki Ighani, 45 – Two incidents at Okanagan Correctional Centre – Ighani is facing counts of assault with a weapon and counts of assault causing bodily harm. Peter Beckett was stabbed as well as David McHale, both inmates. (45371)
Crown counsel, John Swanson seeking to fix a date for a 1 day long preliminary inquiry. Judge Greg Koturbash told defence counsel, Michael Patterson, that Kelowna is out as to a change of venue. The judge stated clearly that the provincial government had built a prison within the court’s jurisdiction and it was time for all to adjust to that fact.
It had been stated that there were concerns about having the victims and the person charged in the same room together. Koturbash says this will not be the last time a similar situation comes up and “we must learn to deal with it”.
No date determined for next appearance. Court records indicate a review by the court manager on March 12th.
Brian Douglas Louie, 39 – Incident February 24 – Four counts: Assault, Assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, break and enter with intent (45640)
Defence council, Nelson Selamaj, stated to the court “my client says he didn’t do it and has an alibi witness” and asked that the RCMP be notified to conduct an interview.
The matter adjourned till Friday morning.