Attempted murder charges follow stabbings in Qualicum Beach

46 year-old Qualicum Beach resident Stephen Rivington has been released from hospital and is currently being held in custody awaiting trial

The Oceanside RCMP have recommended charges — two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault — against the man who allegedly stabbed members of his family on Nov. 18 in Qualicum Beach.

The accused, 46 year-old Qualicum Beach resident Stephen Rivington, has been released from hospital and is currently being held in custody awaiting trial.

As for the other injuries, police say the 76 year-old man has been released from hospital and is recovering. The 72 year-old woman remains in hospital suffering from serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

“The RCMP officers who arrived on scene . . . found the two elderly victims with severe injuries and the suspect with a self-inflicted, life-threatening stab wound,” Oceanside RCMP Staff Sgt. Brian Hunter said in a news release. “The officers acted in a manner that should be commended considering the dangerous and dynamic situation. The officers, together with B.C. Ambulance personnel, quickly worked to ensure the safety of everyone in the home, including the accused. I’m very proud of their efforts and response.” Police say as this matter is now before the courts, they will provide no further details.

— NEWS Staff

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