UPDATE: Gabriel Klein makes first appearance in Abbotsford court

Man accused in double stabbing appears via video after failing to leave jail cell on two prior occasions

Gabriel Klein was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday but refused to leave his jail cell.

The man accused of the double stabbing last week at Abbotsford Senior Secondary made his first appearance, via video conference, in Abbotsford provincial court today after two previous attempts had failed.

Gabriel Klein initially refused to come out of his jail cell for his 11 a.m. appearance today. A sheriff appeared on camera from the Surrey Pretrial Centre, saying that Klein was not co-operating with requests to come to the video room.

The judge agreed with the Crown’s request that Klein appear in person tomorrow at the Abbotsford courthouse, even if sheriffs had to physically remove him from his cell. The appearance had been set for 9:30 a.m.

But after many of the media had left today, Klein made an unexpected appearance by video just before noon. He refused to say anything and had his next court date scheduled for Wednesday in Surrey.

Klein, 21, also refused to leave his cell last Wednesday, when he was scheduled to make his first appearance, which was adjourned until today.

“The Crown is concerned that this is essentially an intentional action on the part of Mr. Klein to avoid engaging in the process,” Crown lawyer Rob Macgowan told the judge.

He said that Klein has twice been taken to hospital since his arrest last Tuesday and has both times been declared “non-certifiable,” meaning he did not meet the requirements under the Mental Health Act to be retained in hospital.

Macgowan said Klein has also refused to speak with lawyers.

Klein has been charged with the second-degree murder of Letisha Reimer, 13, and the aggravated assault of her 14-year-old friend (who can’t be named due to a publication ban).

The two girls were stabbed last Tuesday while they were in the rotunda of Abbotsford Senior Secondary. They were both airlifted to hospital, but Reimer did not survive.

Just Posted

‘A promise is a promise’: Cloverdale lantern festival opens, two months late

After months of delays due to permit issues and uncooperative weather, Art of Lights finally opens

Cloverdale hockey team raising money for young burn survivors

Fundraiser to be hosted on Saturday at Cloverdale Crossing Save-On-Foods

Surrey considers 75% discount on senior rec passes, drop-in admission

Council to vote Monday on proposal to deeply discount rates for residents over 70

Delta-Richmond Operation Red Nose needs volunteers for New Year’s Eve

Higher demand for the service this year means ORN might not have enough drivers on Dec. 31

Surrey mayor says city won’t repay $56M spent on LRT, but might pony up $40M in land transfers

There will be no tax increase for Surrey residents resulting from this, McCallum confirms

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

Canada’s prospective world junior team members await final roster decisions

Thirty-four players were invited to the national junior selection camp

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, Goodale

Thursday’s wave of bomb threats swept across communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border

Mike Duffy can’t sue Senate over suspension without pay, judge rules

Duffy’s lawsuit sought more than $7.8 million from the upper chamber

Most Read