Two residents from the former Discontent City, William Robert Carrigan and Shane Edwards Steinhauer, are set to stand trial in June for an August 2018 incident where the two allegedly used machetes and bats to vandalize vehicles. (News Bulletin file)

Machete- and bat-wielding tent city residents to stand trial this spring

Nanaimo: William Robert Francis Carrigan, Shane Edwards Steinhauer face assault with weapon charges

Two residents of a former tent city in Nanaimo will stand trial this spring after they allegedly struck vehicles with machetes and a bat last summer.

The case was on the docket at Nanaimo courthouse today. William Robert Francis Carrigan and Shane Edward Steinhauer were arrested last September for an incident that occurred Aug. 3 at the Port Place mall parkade, across the street from the former Discontent City site. According to Nanaimo RCMP at the time, two cars full of people, between the ages of 18 and 30, were at the mall area and allegedly shining laser lights into the homeless camp.

Carrigan and Steinhauer are alleged to have met the two vehicles in the parkade and after the vehicles attempted to leave, the two are accused of making verbal threats and vandalizing the vehicles, RCMP said. Carrigan was also alleged to have had a “small axe tucked into his pants,” according to police.

RELATED: Tent city residents arrested after reacting to laser pointer with machetes

Steinhauer will stand trial for counts of assault with a weapon and possessing weapon for dangerous purpose, while Carrigan will be on trial for counts of assault with a weapon and possessing weapon for dangerous purpose in addition to a breach of undertaking or recognizance.

The trial is set for June 5 with a provincial court judge.



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

World’s largest hockey stick getting new lights

New lighting system can change colours and patterns

Efforts begin to convert Kingzett Lake into a park

Victoria radio announcer begins initiative with petition

Vancouver Islander the world’s best shoe pitcher

Duncan’s Lindsay Hodgins wins horseshoe world championship

Vancouver Island aircraft structure grads in high demand

1,400 job openings for aircraft mechanics and inspectors by 2028: BC Labour Market Outlook

PHOTOS: Inside the opening of Langford’s expanded Westhills Stadium

The grand opening of the expanded West Shore stadium complex is on schedule for Aug. 24

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including some Liberal MPs seeking re-election

Kraft Heinz brand baby food recalled in B.C. due to possibility of insects

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product should not be consumed

Most Read