Langford, Surrey assaults net 8-year sentence

Bradley Michael Muscat of Surrey sentence after a pair of assaults

Bradley Michael Muscat of Surrey has been sentenced to a total of eight years for a pair of attacks that included a brutal sexual assault of a woman on the Galloping Goose Trail in Langford in 2014.

Crown prosecutor Ruth Picha said Muscat, 21, who was arrested in Surrey in October of 2014 and had pleaded guilty to two counts involving aggravated assault, could spend more than six more years behind bars.

“This is a significant sentence for someone who has no prior criminal history,” Picha told the Gazette after last week’s sentencing. “However, I was asking for 10 years, (but) the judge took everything into consideration and gave a very learned ruling.”

Previous admissions of fact stated that Muscat held a sharp object to the neck of a West Shore woman who was walking home along Jacklin Road in the early hours of June 26, 2014. After a struggle, he forced her onto the Galloping Goose Trail, raped her and stole her phone.

Included in the ruling on that aggravated sexual assault was the aggravated assault of a sex-trade worker in Surrey in August of 2014. The admission of fact stated that he hit the woman in the head, stabbed her in the side and back and stole from her more than $500 in cash.

The sex worker eventually stabbed Muscat with a knife pulled from her bra. He was arrested after going to a hospital for treatment, having matched a description given to police by the sex worker, and was released on bail.

West Shore RCMP investigators later considered Muscat a suspect in the Langford attack. Officers travelled to Surrey, where they matched DNA from an empty beer can he had discarded to evidence taken from the Langford victim.

He still had her cell phone in his bathrobe when police arrested him.

alim@goldstream gazette.com

Surrey North Delta Leader