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Man who choked bus driver, stabbed passenger to be sentenced

A bus stop near 272 Street in Aldergrove was taped off by police after a passenger was stabbed in the back by another passenger in February. The attacker is being sentenced on Dec. 20. - file photo
A bus stop near 272 Street in Aldergrove was taped off by police after a passenger was stabbed in the back by another passenger in February. The attacker is being sentenced on Dec. 20.
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A 20-year-old Surrey man charged in connection with two violent attacks on local transit, including the stabbing of a passenger in Aldergrove and the choking of a bus driver in Newton, will be sentenced on Dec. 20.

Steven Fayant was in Provincial Court in Surrey on Wednesday for a pre-sentencing hearing.

Fayant was expected to go to trial but ended up pleading guilty to 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 also choked a Surrey bus driver on Feb. 18. Before police knew who the attacker was, the bus drivers’ union issued a public warning about the attacks.

Fayant was arrested a couple of days later at his Surrey home. The arrest was made possible after a Langley Mountie recognized him from surveillance footage provided by TransLink.

He is also dealing with another charge of assault that took place on Sept. 25, 2011 in Langley.

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

The judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for the pre-sentencing.

The victim of the stabbing wasn’t known to Fayant 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 has recovered 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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