Jerome Bonneric, a 33-year-old French man with Canadian residency accused of randomly stabbing seven people in a West End apartment building and a police officer, will spend the next three weeks in police custody.
At Bonneric’s second brief court appearance on Thursday, his lawyer, Bob Bellows, did not request bail and the Crown counsel did not request the 30-day psychiatric assessment as had been previously expected.
The court hearing was also attended by the suspect’s friends and a few had situated themselves directly across from the prisoner’s box. They were the first people Bonneric saw as he listlessly entered wearing the red prisoner apparel, his injuries evident from the cast on his right forearm and lacerated forehead. On his way out, he turned to his friends, bowed slightly in acknowledgment and left.
“This is absolutely out of character for him. He has a lot of friends who love him and care for him. This was a horrible mental breakdown that occurred,” said Bellows outside of the courthouse. “His parents care deeply for him, they’ve been in contact with him. He’s had a phone call to his mom and dad in France.”
On Thursday, Jan. 31, a man, armed with a weapon, randomly attacked residents in an apartment building on 1263 Barclay Street. Media reports say that he went from floor to floor, banged on doorways and attacked people in the hallways.
Vancouver police found Bonneric inside the building. It is believed he was staying there with a friend.
He is charged with four counts of aggravated assault, four counts of assault with a weapon, three counts of common assault and one count of assaulting an officer.
Six people were rushed to the hospital, four have been released and two women remain. A 28-year-old is in stable condition and a 24-year-old is in serious condition. Police expect both women will survive.
Bellows admitted the accused had been treated at St. Paul’s for mental health issues days before the stabbing incident.
According to Bonneric’s Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, he comes from Paris, France and has residency here. Up until December, 2012 he worked at a French bakery in Port Coquitlam, Les Croissants D’Olivier, and his former boss has been reported as saying he had no problems with his work performance.
Bonneric’s next court appearance is Feb. 27 via video conference.
Written and researched by Neelam Sharma, a Columnist at Vancity Buzz. Connect with Neelam on Twitter @_neelamsharma.