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Marcus Drive stabbing suspect's case put over until June 13

Alexander Stavropoulos given time to get in contact with his lawyer
Greater Sudbury Police put the stabbing suspect in the back of a police cruiser following his arrest June 3. (File)

The man accused of stabbing a mother and injuring an infant in a Marcus Drive parking lot earlier this week made his second appearance in bail court June 6.

Alexander Stavropoulos appeared in court via video from the Sudbury Jail.

The justice of the peace instructed Stavropoulos to connect with his lawyer, and put his case forward to June 13.

Stavropoulos seemed to be wearing a bandage on his neck, as he was during his first court appearance, although a smaller one this time. 

During his first court appearance, the justice of the peace made a note on his file that he needed medical attention. He was also given a list of witnesses and victims he is ordered not to contact.

The 25-year-old has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and one count of breaching probation in connection to the June 3 incident.

He allegedly stabbed a 35-year-old mother in the neck. Her nine-month-old infant was not stabbed, but sustained multiple bruises after being struck repeatedly during the attack.

A bystander intervened in Monday's attack, tackling the man with the knife and pinning him to the ground until police arrived, while other eyewitnesses rendered first aid to the injured mother. 

The woman injured in the incident was in critical condition, but her health status has now been upgraded to stable. Her infant is being cared for by family members.

Police described Stavropoulos' injuries as self-inflicted, but what exactly that means, police haven't said.

Police say the Marcus Drive attack was random and neither the alleged attacker nor his victim were known to each other.

Stavropoulos is known to police. In April 2018, he was shot by police in the downtown transit terminal. 

On April 1, 2018, Stavropoulos, who is from Toronto, arrived at the downtown terminal with two knives and attempted to force his way into the security office.

After police arrived, he refused to surrender and charged officers, screaming and wielding the two knives, forcing officers to fire their weapons to stop him.

Stavropoulos was hit twice with a conductive energy weapon and was shot in the leg. He was yelling “white power” as police were arresting him.

In August 2018, he pleaded guilty to one count of carrying a weapon to commit an offence. 

His lawyer, Toronto-based Nicholas Xynnis, said he client was severely depressed at the time and the entire incident was an attempt at suicide – he hoped the cops would kill him.