Weapon seized, charges before Crown after assault

A Youbou resident was allegedly assaulted with an "edged" weapon that was not an axe or a hatchet, police say.

Lake Cowichan RCMP detachment commander Sgt. Wes Olsen said police and paramedics were called out just before 6 p.m. on Jan. 22 to find a 43-year-old in need of medical attention at a home that was not his own.

"The male was unable to assist police in telling them how or where he had received his injuries," Olsen said. "The male was transported to Victoria General Hospital for treatment due to the apparent severity of his injuries."

He has since been released from hospital but the case is still active, Olsen said.

"Police entered into an investigation into the matter and located a nearby unoccupied residence believed to have been the scene of where the victim received his injuries."

Subsequent interviews resulted in a witness confirming the scene of the altercation and in the seizure of an edged weapon believed to have been involved in the incident.

"Police have not revealed the identity of the weapon other than to state that it was not an axe or a hatchet," Olsen said.

An arrest has not yet been made but police have forwarded details of the incident to the Provincial Crown Attorney for a decision on a charge recommendation against a 44-year-old Duncan male.