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Trial date expected to be set for man accused in bus attacks

A 20-year-old man charged in connection with two violent attacks on local transit, including the choking of a bus driver and stabbing of a passenger in Aldergrove, made another appearance in Surrey Provincial Court on Wednesday.

Steven Fayant is charged with aggravated assault for the stabbing of a 41-year-old Langley man who was getting off the bus near Aldergrove Centre Mall on Feb. 21.

Fayant is also charged with assault in connection with strangling a Surrey bus driver on Feb. 18.

He appeared in court to fix a date for his trial. He is also there to deal with another charge of assault that took place on Sept. 25, 2011 in Langley.

Fayant was denied bail in March and has been behind bars since the February attacks.

At the time, Langley RCMP said that Fayant was arrested a couple of days later at his Surrey home. The arrest was made possible after a Langley Mountie recognized the man from surveillance footage provided by TransLink.

The victim of the stabbing wasn’t known to the suspect and it isn’t known what provoked the stabbing, said police.

He was stabbed in the back as he was getting off the bus. The 41-year-old victim is recovering from the stabbing.

In the Surrey incident, a rider returned to the driver and started choking him.

The assailant suddenly let go and ran off the bus.

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