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Trial to begin in attempted murder of Victoria cop

Const. Lane Douglas-Hunt suffered multiple stab wounds in January 2011 attack
Const. Lane Douglas-Hunt

The man accused of trying to kill a female Victoria police officer will soon get his day in court.

Guy Hervé Seguin will be tried by judge and jury in B.C. Supreme Court in Victoria, beginning Monday (Feb. 13). He faces one charge of attempted murder.

Const. Lane Douglas-Hunt, then 24, was investigating a minor theft at a Douglas Street 7-Eleven food store on Jan. 17, 2011. She held the door open for a man, who then allegedly lashed out at her with a knife.

Her neck and both hands were cut as she tried to block the blade. A scuffle ensued and she was pinned to the ground. A passing motorist jumped out of his car and raced to help Douglas-Hunt, and another passerby also took action.

Seguin, then 57 years old, was arrested at the scene and cuffed by a good Samaritan. Police said Seguin was known to them and had a history of violence.

Douglas-Hunt not only returned to her regular police duties within months of the attack, she took top honours as the Toughest Competitor Alive last August at the World Police and Fire Games in New York City.

The patrol officer won gold in the women's 18- to 29-year-old open division, in which competitors were required to tackle eight challenges in one day, from a cross-country run to a rope climb.