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Burnaby man to be tried for murder in stabbing of teen on Surrey bus

Kaiden Mintenko, 20, to appear in B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 11 to fix a date for trial
Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)

A Burnaby man charged with second-degree murder in the April 11, 2023 stabbing death of 17-year-old Ethan Bespflug on a Surrey bus is scheduled to appear in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster on Jan. 11 to fix a date for his trial.

Ethan died in hospital after being stabbed while riding the Route 503 bus in the 9900-block of King George Boulevard.

Kaiden Mintenko, 20, is the accused.

READ ALSO: Preliminary inquiry set for December in Surrey bus homicide

His preliminary inquiry was heard in Surrey provincial court in December. A preliminary inquiry is typically held when an accused person elects to be tried in Supreme Court, with the purpose of determining if the Crown has sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

There are publication bans on information heard by the court related to that hearing and bail hearings.

About the Author: Tom Zytaruk

I write unvarnished opinion columns and unbiased news reports for the Surrey Now-Leader.
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