Volume 93, Issue 11

Thursday, September 16, 1999


O-week prank ends with suspensions

Western Road gets ill-timed facelift

New troops for London

Western prof dies from heart attack

Trial date announced in downtown stabbing case

Negotiations still on table for faculty

A club for all seasons

Bass ackwards

Caught on campus

Trial date announced in downtown stabbing case

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

A trial date has been set in the stabbing death of a 20 year-old London man killed earlier this year in a late night downtown skirmish over a taxi cab.

Michael Post, 25, who was charged with second degree murder last January for the stabbing death of Michael Goldie-Ryder, is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 21.

Tracey Frizzell, spokesperson for the London Police said Post also faces a charge of aggravated assault for the same incident. He will stand trial on March 20 for this second charge.

Frizzell added the February trial is expected to last three weeks. Post, who was denied bail, has been in police custody since his arrest after the fatal stabbing.

Goldie-Ryder died as a result of a slash to his throat during a struggle outside a downtown bar near Richmond and York Streets. He died in hospital three days later.

Mandy Alvaro, co-founder of Friends Against Sudden Endings, a group founded in memory of Goldie-Ryder to raise awareness towards violence in the community, said she was pleased to hear the trial date had been set.

She also said although it will come over one year after Goldie-Ryder's death, she was not disheartened by the slow pace of the trial's process. "The preliminary hearing didn't come until the middle of the summer, so it's nothing we didn't expect,

"We're happy to hear that things are moving forward," she said. "I think the evidence is compelling. I don't see why we won't get the verdict we're looking for."

Alvaro added FASE is also moving forward successfully with its community awareness campaign and has received positive feedback over the summer.

She said although the campaign has been targeted mostly at high school and elementary students thus far, a benefit concert during the summer helped to draw older students towards their message. "We raised over $1,000 and we're planning on similar events later this year. Everything is going well," she said.

Goldie-Ryder's murder was the first of several violent incidents in the downtown area earlier this year but students have not been deterred from frequenting the downtown bar scene.

"I think they're isolated incidents. More of a big deal is made by the media. Generally, downtown is a safe place," said Ben Mathai, a masters of political science student at Western.

Jen Downing, a first-year biology student, said she too did not feel threatened being downtown late at night, but only if accompanied by friends. "I don't feel unsafe. When you're with a big group of people, you feel safe," she said, adding she believed the previous violence was not random but targeted at specific groups or individuals who were known to one another.

Tania Gonzales, a first-year kinesiology student, said she was glad to hear of a greater police presence in the core. "Recently there's been more security and police especially near the Dundas Street area, so I feel a lot safer," she said.

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