Attempted murder charge laid in Nanaimo stabbing

By Ian Holmes
April 4, 2018 - 12:15pm Updated: April 4, 2018 - 12:57pm

Aftermath of a stabbing at Harewood townhouse complex early Saturday, March 31. Matthew Dean Tremblay, 27, has been charged in the stabbing of a 25-year-old man.Kyle Ireland/NanaimoNewsNOW

Blood and torn clothes following a stabbing at a Harewood townhouse complex early Saturday, March 31.Kyle Ireland/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — A Nanaimo man with a disturbing criminal past faces an attempted murder charge in relation to a stabbing in Harewood.

Matthew Dean Tremblay, 27, is also charged with aggravated assault, after a man was found with what police described as “serious life-threatening stab wounds” outside the Sanala townhouse complex on Fifth St. early Saturday morning.

Bloody clothes and a significant amount of blood were found in the parking lot of the former King Arthur Court complex when NanaimoNewsNOW visited the scene.

Nanaimo Mounties said the 25-year-old victim is recovering in local hospital and is expected to remain there for at least another week.

Tremblay was convicted in 2012 for brutally attacking his then-girlfriend's dog with a hammer in Nanaimo. He was sentenced to six months behind bars after he pleaded guilty to that offence.

Tremblay kicked, punched and hit the Newfoundland dog named King with a hammer. King had wounds to his head, broken teeth, deep cuts and swelling.

Tremblay is scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday for the attempted murder and aggravated assault charges.

He's being held in custody at the Vancouver Island Correctional Centre in Victoria.


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