Alleged assaulter makes brief court appearance

Kenneth Karl Slezak, a 46-year-old Union Bay man who is charged with a variety of offences following an assault last week will make his next appearance in Courtenay court Sept. 15 by video.

Kenneth Karl Slezak, a 46-year-old Union Bay man who is charged with a variety of offences following an assault last week will make his next appearance in Courtenay court Sept. 15 by video.

Slezak made a brief appearance Thursday morning in provincial court by video and his agent asked for a two week adjournment, to obtain instructions from his lawyer.

His next appearance is confirmed for an arraignment hearing.

On Aug. 16, Comox Valley RCMP responded to a call of two men fighting roadside on Highway 19A in Union Bay. It was later discovered that a 72-year-old man had stopped to offer assistance to a younger man who was parked by the side of the road with his hazard lights activated, confirmed Const. Nicole Hall.

The older man was then attacked and threatened before having his vehicle stolen by the younger man, who fled the scene.

The stolen vehicle was located abandoned roadside in the Nanaimo area.

Shortly afterwards, the Nanaimo RCMP located a hitchhiking man, who proceeded to assault RCMP members before being placed in custody. The man was held in custody before appearing in Nanaimo court.

Slezak is charged with one count of robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm and willfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

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