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Standoff suspect in court

The man accused of a host of crimes stemming from a bizarre day in Kelowna last week made his second appearance in court Tuesday, but he has yet to secure a lawyer.

Police were called to a home on Arab Road June 17 after receiving reports of a stabbing. The suspect allegedly attempted to carjack several vehicles before he allegedly stole a car and crashed it into a fire hydrant in Rutland, barricading himself inside a nearby empty home on Bryden Road.

After a five-hour standoff with police, 40-year-old Stephen Skinner was taken into custody.

On Tuesday, Skinner appeared briefly in Kelowna court by video feed from the Okanagan Correctional Centre.

Skinner spoke softly, telling the court he has not yet secured a lawyer. At one point, the judge asked him to speak louder, as she couldn't hear him.

The Crown said they couldn't proceed with a bail hearing until Skinner was represented by a lawyer.

Skinner's case was adjourned to July 9 to give him more time to find a lawyer.

Skinner is facing ten charges stemming from last week's incident, including one count of aggravated assault of a man and one count of assault causing bodily harm to a woman. He's also charged with robbing that same woman, presumably when he allegedly stole the car to flee the scene of the alleged stabbing.

He's also charged with breaking and entering the home on Arab Road where the alleged stabbing took place, and breaking and entering into the home on Bryden Road, where the five-hour standoff took place.

A charge of mischief has also been laid for causing more than $5,000 worth of damage to property, presumably at the Bryden Road home. The owner of the Bryden Road home told Castanet he was lucky not to be home when the man holed himself up in the house.



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