The man charged with trying to kill his estranged wife before setting their home on fire appeared in court today with bandages on his wrists.
Andre Harvey Richard, 44, was ordered to remain in custody until May 12, at which time the court will decide whether to hold a bail hearing.
His lawyer, Stephen Price, says Richard is depressed and being held in solitary confinement. He is under orders not to contact his estranged wife or her children.
Richard faces 13 charges including three counts of attempted murder, arson and assault. He became the subject of a province-wide manhunt after the house his wife lived in went up in flames early Wednesday morning.
Sonie Cella and her 14-year-old daughter were allegedly beaten by Richard inside the house, but they managed to escape the fire along with her eight-year-old-son.
Cella's family and friends have set up a fund to help her through the ordeal. The Cella Family Trust Fund at the Langley CIBC branch 720 will be open for 30 days.