Investigators at the scene of the Aug. 16, 2019 stabbing in South Surrey. (Tracy Holmes photo)

Youth charged with South Surrey mechanic’s stabbing death face trial

Proceedings anticipated to get underway in January 2021

Two youths charged in connection with the August 2019 stabbing death of South Surrey mechanic Paul Prestbakmo are to be tried on the charges next year in Surrey Provincial Court.

Dates for a six-week trial were tentatively set during an appearance Wednesday morning, with proceedings anticipated to get underway in mid-January.

The dates, as well as those for a four-day voir dire – a trial within a trial, to determine the admissibility of evidence – in November, are scheduled to be confirmed on Feb. 12.

READ MORE: 45-year-old ID’ed as victim of South Surrey stabbing

A publication ban prevents disclosure of any evidence or information presented during the proceedings. BC Prosecution Service spokesman Dan McLaughlin confirmed the accused will be tried together.

Integrated Homicide Investigation Team officials announced a charge of second-degree murder against two boys, aged 15 and 16 years old, in September – just over one month after Prestbakmo was killed.

The 45-year-old died in the early morning hours of Aug. 16, in a parking lot at the southwest corner of 18 Avenue and 152 Street.

Police described the incident as an unprovoked attack, and said it occurred around 3 a.m., after Prestbakmo stepped out of his South Surrey suite to take out his garbage and have a smoke.

Courtcrime

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

White Rock cadets nab medals at Vernon competition

Thirteen members of 907 Squadron compete at regional meet

‘A bag full of garbage every 15 metres’: Surrey industrial area filled with trash

Local workers looking to recruit business, raise funds to help dispose of litter

Girls, women try their hand at marine rescue in Surrey

Achieve Anything Foundation, RCMSAR Crescent Beach host ‘Operation: This IS You! Saving Lives at Sea’

Surrey boy living with congenital heart disease to speak at local Tedx event

Mason Vander Ploeg will be speaking on saving the oceans

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

Winds up to 70 km/hr expected across Metro Vancouver

Winds are expected to subside overnight

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Fraser Health warns some schools of possible COVID-19 exposure

A sixth COVID-19 patient is a woman in her 30s in the Fraser Health region who recently returned from Iran

High-risk sex offender cuts off ankle bracelet, on the loose in Vancouver: police

Vancouver police said Kirstjon Olson, 38, is a provincial sex offender with 27 court-ordered conditions

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Most Read