Abbotsford stabbing suspect Gabriel Klein appeared restrained and rocking back and forth in a wheelchair in Surrey court on Wednesday.

Abbotsford stabbing suspect appears in-person before judge for first time

Gabriel Klein is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault in 13-year-old girl’s death.

Gabriel Klein appeared for the first time in court on Wednesday in connection with last week’s deadly stabbing at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.

The 21-year-old is charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault after a double stabbing on Nov. 1. Letisha Reimer, 13, died in hospital, while a 14-year-old girl whose name is under a publication ban received serious injuries.

Klein’s first appearance, by video, on Monday in Abbotsford was complicated by the fact he initially refused to come out of his jail cell.

On Wednesday, Klein was initially set to appear in person in Surrey at 9:30 a.m., but the hearing was adjourned till the afternoon to allow him to speak with counsel.

He’d been brought in and out in a wheelchair by sheriffs, restrained, saying little, and rocking back and forth.

Klein did not speak to duty counsel during the lunch break and was brought back in a similar state at 2 p.m., and so the lawyer assigned to him did not know how the young man wanted to proceed.

The duty counsel told the court that due to Klein’s lack of responses, he was unsure as to Klein’s fitness to stand trial. The crown echoed those concerns.

The judge ordered Klein to appear in Chilliwack court on Nov. 21, adding that matters of preliminary inquiry, bail and counsel appointments will be decided upon then.

@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sumas First Nation pilots eight-inch gill-net fishery in Sumas/Vedder River

Project in Abbotsford renews fishing practice and data gathering of chinook salmon

Chilliwack home built in 1910 will be saved from demolition

The 110-year-old house on Hope River Road is being relocated to nearby Riverside Drive

TRAFFIC: Possible injuries in reported crash near Popkum

Drivers advised to avoid the roundabout between Agassiz and Popkum

Police watchdog investigating after Abbotsford man seriously injured during arrest

Abbotsford police used ‘less lethal firearm’ and dog in arrest of man believed to have gun

NDP wants Chilliwack-Kent MLA removed from BC Liberal caucus for alleged homophobia

BC Liberal leader, some MLAs apologize for Christian magazine ads but Laurie Throness doubles down

21 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in B.C. as virus ‘silently circulates’ in broader community

Health officials urge British Columbians to enjoy summer safely as surge continues

Tough time for tree fruits as some B.C. farm products soar

Province reports record 2019 sales, largely due to cannabis

Abbotsford woman starts petition to have B.C. government help with IVF costs

Jennifer Kuiken says cost of in vitro fertilization is too high for most people

‘Let’s all do a self-check’: Okanagan mayor reacts to racist vandalism targeting local family

Home of Indo-Canadian family in Summerland was targeted on evening of July 13

Province agrees to multimillion-dollar payout for alleged victims of Kelowna social worker

Robert Riley Saunders is accused of misappropriating funds of children — often Indigenous — in his care

B.C. businessman David Sidoo gets 3 months behind bars for college admissions scam

Sidoo was sentenced for hiring someone take the SATs in place of his two sons

PHOTOS: Inside a newly-listed $22M mega-mansion on ALR land in B.C.

The large home, located on ALR land, is one of the last new mansions to legally be built on ALR land

COVID-19 gives B.C. First Nation rare chance to examine tourism’s impact on grizzly bears

With 40 infrared cameras deployed in Kitasoo-Xai’Xais territory, research will help develop tourism plan with least impact on bears

RCMP searching for culprit behind needle-filled lemons left on Coquitlam-area trails

The two lemons found were thrown away leaving police with little evidence

Most Read