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Women expected to survive serious stab wounds

A Vancouver police officer leaves a building at 1263 Barclay St. where seven people were injured in a mass assault the night before on Feb. 1, 2013.

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A young woman left clinging to life after last week's West End apartment building attack remains in "very serious condition" but is expected to survive.

Of six people sent to hospital after the vicious and seemingly random stabbing attack on Jan. 31, the 24-year-old woman suffered the most serious injuries, according to police. A 28-year-old woman also remained in hospital Wednesday in stable condition, said Vancouver Police Sergeant Randy Fincham.

Jerome Bonneric, 33, is charged with four counts of aggravated assault, four counts of assault with a weapon, three counts of common assault and one of assaulting a police officer. He remains in custody pending his next court appearance, scheduled for Thursday morning. It is believed the Crown will seek a psychiatric assessment for Mr. Bonneric, who is a French national with Canadian residency.

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The accused briefly appeared in court on Monday, appearing dazed as he scanned the courtroom. His lawyer confirmed a gash on his forehead and a cast on his right forearm stemmed from injuries sustained during his arrest.

A total of eight people, including one responding officer, were injured in the attack at the Westpoint Terrace apartment building on Barclay Street.

Police say Mr. Bonneric, who lived in Paris before moving to Vancouver and taking a job at a Port Coquitlam gourmet bakery, had been staying with a friend in the Barclay Street apartment but would not confirm whether the friend was among the victims.

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