A convicted killer who is appealing his conviction won’t be allowed out of jail while waiting for his appeal to be heard.
Earlier this year, James Rajbhandari was convicted of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Wyatt Lewis at an apartment building on 16th Avenue NW in September 2012.
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Rajbhandari’s lawyers were quick to say they would appeal, and the hearing is scheduled for April.
The Alberta Court of Appeal was then asked if he could be granted release pending that hearing.
But the panel has denied that request, saying the nature and circumstances surrounding the offense, along with “the public’s attitude towards the resort to knives in a brawl”, support Rajbhandari remaining behind bars.