POLITICS

Longer psychiatric assessment for man accused of stabbing boy on soccer field

10/03/2014 06:27 EDT | Updated 12/03/2014 05:59 EST
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The case of a man charged in the stabbing of an 11-year-old boy on a soccer field in eastern Newfoundland has been adjourned until later this month.

Nicholas Layman faces charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

The 19-year-old man was sent for a psychiatric assessment last week after the stabbing at the Topsail Soccer Field and Clubhouse in Conception Bay South, near St. John's.

The boy underwent surgery and was later listed in serious but stable condition in hospital.

Provincial court in St. John's heard Friday that Layman's psychiatric assessment at the Waterford Hospital is being extended at the request of his doctor.

The case is due back in court Oct. 31.