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A Vancouver Airbnb host arrested and charged after an alleged knife attack on two young women in a Kitsilano apartment building has been freed on bail.
Arvin Pasha was released from custody on June 24 after a provincial court judge granted a release order with no financial obligation.
Pasha must reside with his mother in New Westminster and abide by a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew every day.
A publication ban prevents Global News from reporting any evidence heard at the bail hearing.
Pasha, 32, is charged with aggravated assault, accused of attacking two sisters from Alberta who had rented his Airbnb suite last month.
The pair was staying in a listing at 2130 West 3rd Avenue near Arbutus Street, where Pasha had a valid city of Vancouver short-term rental business licence for the apartment linked to the alleged Airbnb stabbing.
“It (was) horrifying. There was blood everywhere,” neighbour and witness Saad Mustafa told Global News on June 13.
Mustafa said he heard female screams and a man yelling early on May 27, and opened his apartment door to a horrific scene in the hallway.
“One young lady, she appeared to have a stab wound in the neck or neck area. It was covered with a white long scarf or shawl. She was on the floor lying on her back and she was bleeding very, very badly,” he said.
“There was another young lady who was pinned to the wall and being threatened by a knife.”
Mustafa said the attacker fled through a side door when he called 911.
Pasha was arrested at the scene.
In a statement to Global News, the accused’s lawyer said “Judge Craig, after considering all of the relevant factors, released Mr. Pasha on strict conditions that do address public safety concerns.”
Pasha’s nine release conditions include having no contact with his alleged victims, not possessing any weapons, and not possessing or consuming alcohol or drugs without a medical prescription.
“Canadian law presumes that accused persons are entitled to be released on conditions aimed at minimizing risk that they would commit a further offence or fail to appear in court,” said Michael Mines of Mines & Company Law Corporation in an email.
Mines added that his client is “of course, presumed to be innocent.”
Both alleged victims survived and suffered injuries police described as non-life-threatening.
Pasha’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 15.
Defence counsel said it is awaiting full disclosure of Crown’s particulars – including witness statements.
None of the allegations has been tested in court.
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