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VANCOUVER: Amirreza Sepehr charged with stabbing, had been previously convicted for assault with a weapon

Amirreza Sepehr has been charged with assault in connection with a stabbing at Emily Carr University in Vancouver.

A man accused of stabbing a fellow student in the face at Emily Carr University in Vancouver on Wednesday evening has been granted bail and is under house arrest at his parents’ home.

Amirreza Sepehr has been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon. The 24-year-old man, who is believed to suffer from Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism, turned himself in on Thursday morning.

Appearing in court in Vancouver on Friday, he was granted bail under the following conditions:

  • He must keep the peace.
  • He must not leave his parents’ home, unless escorted by one of his parents or someone approved by his bail supervisor.
  • He must not carry any knives or weapons.
  • He must not go to any Emily Carr campus or any adjacent roads.
  • He must have no indirect/direct contact with the stabbing victim.

Sepehr’s next court appearance will be on Dec. 30.

Allegations of provocation

Police have said the assault was the result of a continuing dispute between Sepehr and the 26-year-old man, whose name has not been released.

At the time of the altercation, about 60 students were in a lecture hall at the Granville Island fine arts school, preparing to take a break shortly before 6 p.m. PT, according to student witness Dariush Ghaderi.

The incident appeared to start while one man was passing an attendance sheet to a fellow student, and one person began provoking another, yelling violently.

Ghaderi said he and other students tried to calm Sepehr down, but they allege he took out a knife and stabbed the other student in the face.

Sepehr fled before officers arrived.

The man who was stabbed was taken to hospital
and treated for minor injuries to the face.

Brushes with the law

Zahra Hassanpour

Zahra Hassanpour says she was surprised to hear her nephew, Amirreza Sepehr, has been charged in a violent crime. (CBC)

​Sepehr has had brushes with the law in the past, including convictions for weapons possession, uttering threats and assault with a weapon.

Speaking out on Thursday, Sepehr’s family said he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome five years ago and had been taking medication — but had stopped taking it because of the side-effects.

Aunt Zahra Hassanpour said although he had previously acted out by punching walls and breaking doors, he had never been violent towards anyone and she was stunned to find out about the charges.

With files from Farrah Merali

 

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