White Rock stabbing suspect appears via video in court

Hearing date put over to June 13 for man charged with second-degree murder
Kulwinder Singh Sohi was the victim of a fatal stabbing in White Rock, along the waterfront on the night of Tuesday, April 23. The suspect arrested is facing second-degree murder charges. He appeared via video in Surrey Provincial Court May 23. (IHIT handout and Tricia Weel photo)

The suspect in a fatal White Rock stabbing appeared in Surrey Provincial Court via video Thursday (May 23).

Counsel for Dimitri Nelson Hyacinth, 27, requested to put over a hearing for three weeks.

Charged with the April 23 second-degree murder of Kulwinder Singh Sohi, 26, Hyacinth is also facing aggravated assault charges in connection with a stabbing attack on Jatinder Singh, 28, two days earlier, on Sunday, April 21. Singh, who had only been in Canada for a few months, survived the stabbing, but had to have a neck wound treated in hospital.

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Both attacks occurred while the victims were sitting on a bench on White Rock’s beachfront promenade, east of the city’s iconic pier.

The stabbing incidents left many in the close-knit community shaken and fearful, with people staying away from the waterfront promenade before an arrest was made.

Hyacinth’s next court appearance is on June 13.

He remains in custody.

Tricia Weel

About the Author: Tricia Weel

I’ve worked as a journalist in community newspapers from White Rock to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, to Abbotsford and Surrey.
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