Man accused in knife attack has help

A Red Deer man who begged to be locked up in relation to a knife attack in Rotary Park now has the help of a Calgary lawyer.

A Red Deer man who begged to be locked up in relation to a knife attack in Rotary Park now has the help of a Calgary lawyer.

Ronald James Alexander was arrested at about 12:30 a.m. on July 17 in connection with a fight that sent another man to hospital with a severe stab wound.

Alexander, 36 was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon after emergency staff reported the man’s injuries to Red Deer City RCMP.

Appearing agitated and disoriented during his first court appearance on July 18, Alexander asked Judge Jim Mitchell to lock him up and leave him in jail. Mitchell refused to accept a guilty plea and instead adjourned the proceedings, advising Alexander to seek assistance of Legal Aid.

Appearing by closed-circuit TV from Red Deer Remand Centre on Monday, Alexander stood quietly as Calgary lawyer Mary C. Brebner spoke for him in Red Deer provincial court.

Brebner sought an adjournment so she would have time to review evidence against her client.

She and Alexander return to court on Friday, Aug. 31.

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