Local man charged for stabbing family member with knife

By on November 21, 2017
Merritt RCMP file photo.

A 27-year-old Merritt man is facing charges for allegedly stabbing a family member in the neck with a paring knife — the second such incident this year.

Skyler Washington faces charges of aggravated assault and uttering threats for the incident which occurred at a residence on the Nooaitch reserve Friday (Nov. 17), RCMP Const. Tracy Dunsmore told the Herald.

“There was some drinking and there was a fight between Skyler and another family member [who] was stabbed with the paring knife. [Washington] made some threats with the knife as well, said Dunsmore.

The injuries to the relative were minor, she said.

“He was stabbed in the neck. There were lacerations, but [the knife] didn’t hit any major organs,” Dunsmore said. “It’s still a serious offence.”

She said Washington also faces five counts of breaching a recognizance order.

Dunsmore said Washington is being held in custody and made a court appearance Tuesday (Nov. 21) for a bail hearing.

The incident is the second time this year Washington has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing someone.

Washington still faces charges from July for an incident that occurred at a house party in Lower Nicola where he is said to have stabbed a friend in the abdomen after an alcohol-fuelled altercation.

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