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International student charged with attempted murder in St. John's

Masih Allahbakshi is led out of the courtroom in provincial court in St. John's Monday after he appeared before a judge on a charge of attempted murder.
Masih Allahbakshi is led out of the courtroom in provincial court in St. John's Monday after he appeared before a judge on a charge of attempted murder.

An international student initially charged with trying to kill a friend during a hike on a Signal Hill trail is expected back in court later this month.

Masih Allahbakshi appeared in provincial court in St. John’s this afternoon. 

Duty counsel Catherine Boyde and Crown prosecutor Jeff Summers, along with Judge Mark Pike, agreed to set the case over until April 25.

Allahbakshi, 28, was arrested as a result of an incident that happened April 7 in the area of the North Head Trail on Signal Hill.

He and a friend, who is also an international student, were hiking when Allahbakshi allegedly grabbed the man and attempted to push him over the cliff. Sources told The Telegram the two ended up falling more than 20 feet.

The complainant managed to get away after suffering minor injuries.

Police were looking for Allahbakshi and put out a media alert, asking for anyone who had information about the incident to call them.

He was taken into custody shortly afterwards and was charged with assault when he first appeared in court April 8.

However, the more serious charge of attempted murder was laid following further investigation by the RNC.

 

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Earlier story:

Masih Allahbakshi is scheduled to appear in provincial court in St. John’s today.

He first appeared before a judge on April 8 and was charged with assault. However, the more serious charged was laid today following further investigation by the RNC.

Allahbakskhi was arrested as a result of an incident that happened April 7 in the area of the North Head Trail on Signal Hill.

The two were hiking when Allahbakshi allegedly grabbed the other student and tried to force both of them — both himself and the other man — over the cliff, sources told The Telegram. The complainant managed to get away and suffered minor injuries. Police were looking for Allahbakski and issued a media release, asking that anyone who had information about the incident to call the RNC.

rmullaley@thetelegram.com

Twitter: TelyRosie

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