The man accused of killing a two-year-old boy by driving his vehicle into a restaurant patio in 2013 was abducted and seriously assaulted late Thursday night.
Richard Alan Suter, 64, was taken from his home about 11 p.m. Thursday and “seriously assaulted,” his lawyer said.
He is now in hospital being treated for his injuries, defence lawyer Dino Bottos, who visited him at the hospital Friday, said.
“It was a very serious assault,” Bottos said.
Bottos — who is representing Suter on his upcoming trial for impaired driving causing death, three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm and refusing to provide a breath sample — would not comment on whether he believed the attack was linked to the case.
City police would only say they are investigating the “alleged abduction and subsequent release” of a man in southwest Edmonton, and that a man was taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Police also asked anyone with information about the alleged attack to contact police or CrimeStoppers.