A lawyer for a 17-year-old Camrose youth charged with attempted murder in connection with a machete attack said he will apply to have his client’s case remain a youth matter.
Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act a youth charged with a crime for which an adult is liable to be jailed for more than two years is to be sentenced, if found guilty, as an adult unless an application is made to keep any sentence in youth court.
Defence lawyer Michael Scrase told Red Deer provincial court Judge John Holmes he intends to make that application at a later date.
The youth has also been charged with aggravated assault, possession of a dangerous weapon and assault with a weapon. He has not yet entered pleas and remains in custody.
The charges stem from a 4:10 a.m. incident last Saturday in Red Deer that saw a 22-year-old Rocky Mountain House man taken to hospital with serious injuries. Two other people were treated and released from hospital with minor injuries.
RCMP said a group of people flagged down a police officer alleging a man had been assaulted with machetes near 63rd Street and 58th Avenue.
Two suspects were identified. One was found nearby and the other later turned himself into police.
The youth returns to court on Sept. 16.
Dylan Cameron Huhn, 20, of Red Deer also faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, two counts of assault with a weapon, possession of a dangerous weapon, and two counts of failing to comply with previous release conditions.
Huhn is scheduled to appear in court today. (Sept 10).