Accused in Bergin Avenue stabbing ‘anxious’ to resolve case

In this September 2017, file photo, Cornwall police Acting Sgt. Derek Duschesne checks with a flashlight for possible evidence following a stabbing. The accused in the case, 34-year-old Eric Vivarais, is 'anxious' to conclude his case, according to his lawyer. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The lawyer for a man charged with attempted murder in a September 2017 stabbing on Bergin Avenue in Cornwall says his client is “anxious” to resolve the case.

Defence lawyer Ronald Turgeon told Judge Deborah Kinsella Thursday (Nov. 15), both the prosecution and defence are “very close to the positions.” In other words, they may be close to an agreement on a sentence for a plea deal.

Vivarais was to enter a plea on Thursday but the court schedule was packed with so many cases there wasn’t time to appropriately address the matter.

“I know Mr. Vivarais is anxious to move forward,” Turgeon said. “He’s also in custody, right?” Kinsella asked. “That’s correct and he will be for quite some time,” Turgeon answered.

Vivarais, 34, was charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon, possession of a dangerous weapon and breach of probation.

The victim was stabbed in the chest and the back outside a home on Bergin Avenue but was “conscious and talking” when he was taken to hospital on Sept. 25, 2017.

The case is being prosecuted by Crown attorney Matthew Collins.

A plea is expected to be entered next Monday (Nov. 26).

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