The lawyer for a southern Alberta homeowner accused in a hatchet attack says he can’t believe the Crown is proceeding with criminal charges.

Joseph Singleton, who lives on a farm near Taber, has pleaded not guilty to assault with a weapon and assault causing bodily harm.

Singleton, 36, was charged last spring after he allegedly hit an intruder in the face with a hatchet.

Police said at the time that a man had returned to his farm to find a strange car parked in his driveway.

They said the man blocked the car with his vehicle, searched the area and discovered a man in his 20s.

RCMP arrested the injured man and two other suspects and charged them with break and enter.
A trial date is to be set for Singleton in two weeks.