Labib Khawas, accused of slicing off daughter's finger, denied bail

Labib Khawas is in police custody after a knife assault in his Ashton-area home in west Ottawa...

Labib Khawas is in police custody after a knife assault in his Ashton-area home in west Ottawa Saturday, May 3, 2014. He faced two charges of attempted murder. (QMI Agency)

Tony Spears, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:09 PM ET

A father accused of slicing off his eldest daughter's finger in a bloody domestic attack was denied bail Thursday.

Labib Khawas, 55, is charged with two counts of attempted murder in the May 3 altercation at their expansive Ashton home, which also left his wife suffering from serious stab wounds.

Justice of the Peace Linda Pearson gave lengthy reasons for keeping the father of three behind bars, but her remarks and evidence heard at the bail hearing are subject to a standard publication ban.

Generally speaking, bail can be denied for three reasons: If the accused is believed to be a flight risk, a potential danger to the public or to the complainants or witnesses, or if releasing the accused would shake public confidence in the administration of justice.

Khawas, a short man who appeared unkempt and wore an oversized white T-shirt, did not react as Pearson ordered his continued detention.


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