Burnaby man convicted in fatal stabbing

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A Burnaby man has been convicted of second degree murder in a fatal stabbing outside a South Burnaby condo building last year.

On June 13 a jury found Yacine Zouaoui guilty of the murder of Zsolt Csikos, 43, following a two-week trial in Vancouver Supreme Court, said the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) in a press release.

Csikos was fatally stabbed on the evening of March 26, 2011 outside his apartment building in the 6500-block of Burlington Avenue in South Burnaby.

When Burnaby RCMP officers responded, they found a man, identified as Csikos, sitting outside the condo building in serious condition suffering from a stabbing injury. He was taken to hospital where he died of his injuries.

After receiving information at about an hour later about a possible suspect, Vancouver police found and arrested a 19-year-old man and turned him over to Burnaby RCMP.

Zouaoui, then 19, was charged with second-degree murder.

Police identified a related, secondary crime scene at Metropolis shopping centre. While there was no altercation at the mall in relation to the incident, potential evidence related to the stabbing was located there.

At the time, IHIT said the victim and the suspect knew each other.

Sentencing of Zouaoui is scheduled for July 4 in Vancouver Supreme Court.

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