Stabbing suspect granted bail
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Sep 28, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Stabbing suspect granted bail

Stratford Gazette

Jeff Heuchert

A Stratford man charged with attempted murder will be released from jail and allowed to live with his father in the nearby village of Monkton while awaiting further court proceedings.

John Pushelberg, 20, was granted bail by Justice Charles Campbell in Stratford's Ontario Court of Justice Friday after hearing submissions from defense lawyer Michael Fair and crown attorney Neil Dietrich.

A publication ban is in effect that covers any evidence or information shared, what was said in court by all parties, as well as the justice's reasons for release.

Pushelberg has been in custody at the Stratford jail since being arrested and charged May 28 following an incident earlier that afternoon at an apartment building at 333 Home St.  He is accused of stabbing his older brother, Keith Pushelberg, who was initially in critical condition but has since recovered.

Acting as his surety will be his grandfather, Morris Ireland, of Monkton. He could be responsible for a $10,000 bond should Pushelberg violate the terms of his release.

Pushelberg has been ordered to reside at the residence of his father, William Ireland, at 4 Winstanley St., where he is to stay unless accompanied by his father, who is acting in a supervisory role in the absence of the surety. The accused, however, cannot enter Stratford unless in the presence of his grandfather.

Other conditions include that he not communicate with his siblings or mother, and that he abstain from any alcohol or drugs.

He is next scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4.

Schweitzer case heading towards preliminary hearing

First-degree murder suspect Michael Schweitzer will appear in person in court on Monday, Oct. 28 for a judicial pre-trial conference and to set a date for a preliminary hearing.

The request was made in Stratford's Ontario Court of Justice Sept. 25 by duty counsel acting on behalf of the 24-year-old accused's London-based defense team.

Schweitzer is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the shootings in Milverton last December. He remains in custody at the London-Middlesex Detention Centre.

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