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Man charged in B.C. Crown prosecutor attack

09/16/2011 04:20 EDT | Updated 11/16/2011 05:12 EST

A 40-year-old Prince George man has been charged after a Crown prosecutor was attacked on the steps of the Prince George courthouse Thursday — one of a series of violent incidents in Prince George that morning.

RCMP say they were called to a homeless shelter Thursday morning when a man became violent toward staff, damaging computers and smashing office windows.

"It appears his violent behaviour started at a local shelter which then continued to the street where he smashed the windshield of a marked RCMP van with a rock," said Const. Lesley Smith with Prince George RCMP.

That was followed by an assault in front of the Prince George courthouse, where a Crown prosecutor was punched in the face. The lawyer was rushed to hospital with multiple facial injuries.

Adrien Real Bergeron has been charged with assault, assault causing bodily harm, mischief and using violence against a justice participant.

Special Prosecutor appointed

Friday, the Criminal Justice Branch announced an independent, special prosecutor had been appointed to review the incident.

Special prosecutors are appointed by the assistant deputy attorney general in cases where there is potential for real or perceived improper influence on the administration of justice.

Special Prosecutor Ravi Hira, of Vancouver, was appointed to conduct an independent charge review, offer legal advice to police and prosecute any charges.

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