Man accused in downtown stabbing death makes first court appearance

David Van Den Brink made his first court appearance on Wednesday since being arrested and charged with murder.

Van Den Brink has been held in custody and makes his next court appearance for second degree murder on July 2.

The 21-year-old of no fixed address, is accused of killing Well ‘Miles’ Gallagher, a well-known homeless man, outside Baselines Pub on June 1.

Frantic 911 calls came in around 7 p.m. that day after a man was seen stabbing another man. Police arrived quickly and after a short foot chase, Van Den Brink was arrested nearby.

Emergency responders tried to save Gallagher, 37, but he died a short time after the attack.

His family has organized a memorial service at Christian Life Assembly on July 9 at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Donations will go to create backpacks for the homeless in honour of Miles.

In the meantime, Van Den Brink was also in court on Wednesday to address charges of assault, theft and uttering threats stemming from an April incident in Langley. A trial for those charges was scheduled for September.