Sweeping publication ban issued in case of man accused of fatal stabbing at Vancouver cafe

The judge overseeing the preliminary inquiry in the case of a B.C. man accused of stabbing another man to death outside a Vancouver cafe last year has placed a sweeping publication ban on all submissions and evidence given in the courtroom.

Inderdeep Singh Gosal is facing a charge of second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Paul Schmidt, 37, in the patio area of a Starbucks near the intersection of Granville Street and Pender Street in the city’s downtown core on March 26, 2023.

The publication ban was issued in the opening minutes of Singh Gosal’s provincial court hearing in Vancouver on Monday. The ban will remain in place if the case goes to trial.

Singh Gosal, 33, was arrested at the scene of the homicide after bystanders alerted a constable patrolling the area, Vancouver police told CBC News at the time.

Officers tried to save Schmidt, but he died in hospital.

Schmidt’s mother says she was told the dispute began after her son asked another man not to vape near his toddler daughter.

The killing was captured in a gruesome video shared on social media.

A smiling man poses for a photo in front of a sunset with a woman and girl whose faces have been blurred for privacy.
Paul Schmidt, left, in a photo with his wife and 3½-year-old daughter, whose faces have been blurred for privacy reasons. (Kathy Schmidt)

Schmidt’s mother previously described him as a hard worker and easygoing, adding that he was a great dad and his fiancée and daughter meant everything to him.

A preliminary inquiry is a judicial hearing used to establish whether Crown has enough evidence against an accused to proceed to trial.


Posted in CBC