Charge in Cornwall 2019 stabbing withdrawn

The Cornwall courthouse at 29 Second Street West. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – Prosecutors have withdrawn a charge against a Cornwall woman accused of stabbing a man found critically injured on Pitt Street in June 2019.

Karley Billard, 28, had been facing a charge of aggravated assault after the 39-year-old victim was found near Pitt and Sixth Streets around 4:30 a.m. on June 27, 2019. He was airlifted to an Ottawa hospital with critical injuries.

The victim and Billard knew each other, police said at the time.

The case has gone through a number of judicial pretrial meetings when the charge was withdrawn last month.

Ministry of the Attorney General spokesman Maher Abdurahman confirmed the charge was withdrawn on Sept. 10, 2020.

β€œIn general, we can advise that the Crown has a duty to assess the strength of a case throughout a prosecution, and is duty bound to withdraw charges if there is no reasonable prospect of conviction, or if it is not in the public interest to proceed,” Abdurahman wrote in an email to Cornwall Newswatch.