McNeill teen charged in stabbing

A 16-year-old Port McNeill youth was taken into custody and his stepfather was hospitalized following a stabbing incident at their home.

A 16-year-old Port McNeill youth was taken into custody and his 56-year-old stepfather was hospitalized following a stabbing incident at their home last week.

The incident occurred last Tuesday, said Port McNeill RCMP.

The teen was charged with aggravated assault. After initially being taken to hospital for a mental health assessment, the youth was released and the following day had a bail hearing by phone. He was released pending a court date under conditions including a no-contact order, Port McNeill RCMP Sgt. Craig Blanchard said.

The victim was rushed to hospital by RCMP, where he was expected to make a full recovery from a stab wound to a lung.

“It was a fairly serious puncture wound to the lung with a small knife,” said Blanchard. “It could have turned out much worse.”

The youth cannot be named, under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and the stepfather’s name is withheld to protect the identity of the youth.