Man accused of machete attack on CTrain platform has been released on bail

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Bail has been granted for the son of a Calgary police officer charged with aggravated assault in connection with a machete attack on a downtown CTrain platform last fall.

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On Friday, Provincial Court Judge John Bascom agreed with defense attorney Adriano Iovinelli that there were insufficient grounds to keep Connor Dery behind bars pending trial.

“I find the Crown has not met the burden of his detention,” Bascom said, denying Edmonton prosecutor Shivani Naidu-Barrett’s request to deny Dery bail.

Bascom said Dery could be released on various conditions, including that he live with his parents in their southwest Calgary home and abide by a 24-hour curfew.

The judge said Dery could be away from home for limited exceptions, including if he was in the company of his mother or father.

At Iovinelli’s request, Bascom ordered a publication ban on the evidence presented before him, the attorney’s submissions, and his reasons for granting Dery bail.

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The judge said the defendant could be freed on $500 bail if he fails to comply with his bail conditions.

Dery, 25, was arrested Oct. 16, the day after police said a Calgary man was attacked with a machete at the 4th Street SW CTrain station on 7th Avenue SW.

He is charged with aggravated assault and concealed possession of a weapon in connection with the incident.

At the start of the trial, Dery, who was found fit to stand trial despite facing an adult guardianship order following a frontal lobe injury sustained when he was 12 , greeted the participants.

“Good morning, Your Honor, good morning Crown Attorney, good morning, Mr. Iovinelli, thank you for being here,” he said.

Later, he sat in the prisoner’s box, wiping away his tears as his bail hearing unfolded.

Among the conditions of his release, he has no contact with his alleged victim, Evan Trotchie.

His case returns to court next Friday.

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