Accused in pool-cue attack expected to enter plea next month

A Thompson Rivers University student from Saudi Arabia accused of plunging a pool cue into his friend’s brain during a fight at a Kamloops nightclub isn’t expected to enter a plea until next month.

Yousef Mohammed Almotairi is facing one count each of assault with a weapon and aggravated assault.

Court documents allege the 26-year-old assaulted his friend, Abdulaziz Alhedaib, with a pool cue.

According to police, the assault took place at Cactus Jack’s nightclub just after 1 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Mounties have said Alhedaib, 28, punched Almotairi, who struck back with a pool cue.

Shortly after the incident, police said Alhedaib — also a Thompson Rivers University international student from Saudi Arabia — suffered severe brain trauma.

He was said to be in critical but stable condition following the incident.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned told KTW this week he cannot provide an update on Alhedaib’s condition because Royal Inland Hospital officials “have not been provided a consent waiver by the family” to update police on his health.

Learned said Alhedaib’s family travelled to Kamloops from Saudi Arabia after the incident and has since returned home.


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