Man charged in random stabbing attack on homeless man in Vancouver

A Vancouver man was charged on Friday following a Vancouver Police investigation into a serious stabbing.

“This attack was random and purely unprovoked on a person without a home.  The victim and suspect did not know each other,” said Constable Tania Visintin on Monday. “Our patrol officers worked with experts from our investigative section to put forward the best package to Crown in order to take this suspect off the streets.”

Charges have been approved against Brent Courtney, 33, for assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon.

On September 27, the victim was walking near East Pender Street and Woodland Drive when Courtney came up to him and stabbed him in the back.  The victim was taken to hospital for life-threatening injuries at the time.

Courtney is due back in court next month.