The trial for two youth charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault in connection with two violent incidents last August is to get underway next Jan. 11.
B.C. Prosecution Service communications counsel Dan McLaughlin confirmed last week that the dates were set during a Feb. 12 appearance in Surrey Provincial Court.
Both accused will be tried together, and time for the trial has been set aside “into March,” McLaughlin said.
Last month, court officials estimated six weeks would be needed to hear the case.
Both incidents occurred Aug. 16. The first took place near 16 Avenue and 152 Street and left a man in his 60s with “extensive” injuries. The second occurred just a few hours later, near 18 Avenue and 152 Street, and resulted in the death of South Surrey mechanic Paul Prestbakmo.
Charges of second-degree murder were announced against two boys, aged 15 and 16, in September, in connection with Prestbakmo’s death.
In October, police announced aggravated assault charges against the same two youth, in connection with the earlier attack.