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  • Man Acquitted of Charges After Alleged Victim Fails to Appear in Court

    A 31-year-old man accused in a stabbing on Southside Road in St John’s has been acquitted.

    The RNC were called to a report of a stabbing at 509 Southside Road on March 7. A 30-year-old man was transported to hospital with a puncture wound in his left side near his ribs.

    Police who responded to the scene say the victim was crying and upset, and was wearing a blood-soaked jacket. Police found a black-handled knife inside the house in question, and blood drops leading to the doorway.

    Ryan Farrell was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and a number of breaches.

    Three days were set aside in court for the trial. However, this morning, the Crown’s key witness—the victim—didn’t show up in court. They proceeded with other witnesses, but when he failed to arrive in the afternoon, the Crown agreed to an acquittal, and Farrell was released.

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