Inquiry begins for alleged doctor attacker

The preliminary inquiry for the man accused of attacking a doctor at the Penticton Regional Hospital began this week.

Officers of the BC Sheriff Services lead Gregory Stanley Nield

Officers of the BC Sheriff Services lead Gregory Stanley Nield

The preliminary inquiry for the man accused of attacking a doctor at the Penticton Regional Hospital began this week.

The two-day inquiry for Gregory Stanley Nield, 31, started Tuesday and will have two witnesses taking the stand.

A preliminary inquiry is held to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to set the matter for trial before a Supreme Court judge.

Nield is charged with aggravated assault allegedly attacking Dr. Rajeev Sheoran on Dec. 5 during a closed-door interview in the psychiatci ward at Penticton Regional Hosptial.

Dr. Sheoran was sent to Kelowna General Hospital after the alleged incident and suffered a broken jaw with possible orbital fractures.

Nield, who appeared in person in Penticton Provincial Court Tuesday, was released on a $50,000 recognizance in Februrary.

The details of a preliminary inquiry are not allowed to be reported on by the media.