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Lynn Valley stabbing case delayed as accused seeks new lawyer

Accused, Yannick Bandaogo, has not yet entered a plea to second-degree murder charge

Court proceedings against the man accused of second-degree murder following a knife attack in North Vancouver that left one woman dead have been delayed after the accused announced on Wednesday he was firing his lawyer.

Yannick Bandaogo, 28, appeared briefly in North Vancouver provincial court by a video link from the North Fraser Pre-Trial Centre where he is being held in custody, but told Judge Joanne Challenger he wants a different lawyer.

Bandaogo has been represented for the past several weeks by lawyer Jonathan Desbarats.

Speaking through a French interpreter, Bandaogo told the judge he would need time to find another lawyer.

Bandaogo did not elaborate on the reason for the switch.

Bandaogo is alleged to have stabbed seven people during a knife attack in and around the Lynn Valley Village library complex on March 27. The attack left six people injured and one woman dead.

Bandaogo had no connection with any of the victims and no home in B.C., according to police.

Bandaogo has been held in custody since the attack. He has not yet had a bail hearing or entered a plea to the charge.

The judge has adjourned the next hearing in the case to June 30.