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Near-deadly assault leads to charges

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Taber Times

A Saskatchewan man will have his day in court on Jan. 17, after having been remanded into custody on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

On Dec. 28, at around midnight, Taber Police Service commenced an investigation into a serious alleged assault that occurred in the backyard of a residence located in the 5000 block of 53rd Avenue in Taber.

The investigation revealed there were two individuals that were assaulted by the same suspect. The first assault was against a 26 year-old female who recently moved to Taber from Saskatchewan. The Taber Police Service alleges that she was assaulted with a garden shovel, choked and her life was threatened by the suspect, but she did not require any medical assistance at the time.

A second victim attempted to intervene in the first assault and was allegedly struck by a spade in the head by the suspect.

As the victim lay unconscious on the ground, it was alleged the suspect struck him, more than once, in the head with the spade.

AHS transported the victim to the Taber Hospital, and he was eventually transferred by STARS Air Ambulance to the Calgary Foothills Hospital Intensive Care Unit.

The 25 year-old male victim from Saskatchewan has spoken to investigators.

The suspect and victims are known to each other and this act was not random according to the Taber Police Service.

As a result of the investigation, 39-year-old Maurice Joseph Lavallee from Timber Lake, Sask., has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon and uttering threats with the various crimes involving the two victims.

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