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Huntington Hills stabbing suspect Qisong Zhou says he 'didn't mean to'

A man accused of stabbing two people he lives with at a house in Huntington Hills in northeast Calgary told a justice of the peace Wednesday that he "didn't mean to."

Zhou will be back in court Thursday and will try to find a Mandarin-speaking lawyer

Police released this photo of Qisong Zhou before they found the double stabbing suspect late Tuesday afternoon. He appeared before a justice of the peace Wednesday, but the matter was put over to Thursday to give Zhou another day to try to find a lawyer. (Calgary Police Service)

A man accused of stabbing two people he lives with at a house in Huntington Hills in northeast Calgary says he "didn't mean to."

Qisong Zhou, 50, is charged with attempted murder, assault with a weapon and two counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public.

Zhou appeared before a justice of the peace from the arrest processing unit on Wednesday morning.

"I need to talk about the process of the incident," said Zhou through a Mandarin interpreter. 

A man and a woman were badly injured in a brutal stabbing Monday morning 

Police have called the attack "unprovoked" and say although Zhou lives with the victims, it is not a domestic relationship.

Throughout the appearance, Zhou tried to speak several times to explain himself.

"I didn't mean to," he said. "Can I tell my reason?"

But Justice of the Peace Paul Newcombe interrupted, explaining the accused was to simply indicate if he understood the charges he was facing.

Eventually Zhou indicated he did understand the charges.

This is the home where a man and a women suffered stab wounds in northeast Calgary Monday morning. (Monty Kruger/CBC)

Police arrested Zhou around 4 p.m. Tuesday after releasing his name and photo and asking for the public's help locating the suspect.

He was found walking along Deerfoot Trail near Beddington Trail.

Police have not commented on what motivated the attack, but investigators say they are speaking to the victims as they recover in hospital.

On Wednesday, the accused expressed frustration that he's been unable to find a lawyer who speaks Mandarin.

"I need you to help me find a lawyer, I really cannot find a lawyer," said Zhou.

The matter was put over to Thursday morning to give Zhou another day to try to find counsel.

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