Man whose sister-in-law used broom to keep him away loses appeal of sex assault sentence

Accused had been trained as a soldier in Sudan, where he was born, when he was nine years old

A man who was trained as a child soldier in Sudan has lost an appeal of his sentence for sexual assault.

The 33-year-old man, whose identity is shielded by a publication ban, appealed as “unfit” a 10-month conditional sentence, two years’ probation and an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew imposed in Surrey provincial court.

His sister-in-law was the victim.

“Essentially, his behaviour consisted of persistent unwanted advances and touching,” Justice Murray Blok noted in his reasons for judgment, at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster.

“At times, she employed a broom to keep him away from her.”

READ ALSO: Judge finds search and arrests were unlawful in Surrey drug and gun case

READ ALSO: B.C. judge weeps, defence lawyer cries foul

A psychologist concluded he is “below average risk” for future sexual offending. The court heard he is a Canadian citizen who came to Canada in 2003 at age 19 after living in a refugee camp in the Congo for five years. He had been inducted into training as a soldier in Sudan, where he was born, when he was nine years old.

He did not have a criminal record prior to this sex assault conviction.

Blok dismissed the appeal, noting there had been “not one, but a number of acts” involving “persistent behaviour over an extended period of time” and “the offender expressed no remorse, blamed the victim for the events, and spoke ill of her in the community.”

The sentence imposed, Blok found, “is not demonstrably unfit” and “falls within a range of sentences that were reasonably available to the sentencing judge.”



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

Surrey, Santa Claus is coming to town with lighted trucks

Special events in Cloverdale and Surrey Civic Plaza on Dec. 2

A ‘Peter Pan’-to opens in Surrey this week, and tickets are being snapped up

Show at Surrey Arts Centre is produced by FVGSS, A Musical Theatre Company

Fire destroys home in Surrey

Crews called at 3 a.m. Sunday for a residential house fire on the 12000-block of 100 Avenue

Mariners, Orcas win Fraser Valley volleyball championships

South Surrey senior teams to head to provincial championships next week

Alzheimer’s Society launches helpline

Toll-free phone line available for people with dementia and their caretakers

1st Indigenous woman to start Canadian airline looks to B.C.’s remote regions

Teara Fraser is the first Indigenous woman in Canada to start her own airline, called Iskwew Air

Canadian Armed Forces to change approach to sexual assault investigations

New program aimed at a more open and transparent process, will consult with civilians, health and law professionals

‘N’ driver clocked going 51 km/hr over the speed limit

Port Moody police say the car was sent to the impound lot

UPDATE: Death of 38-year-old Fernie man at B.C. coal mine under investigation

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning

Breathing polluted air during pregnancy may increase odds of baby having autism: SFU study

Study looked at nearly all births in Metro Vancouver between 2004 and 2009

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

5 to start your day

B.C. cracks down on ‘dirty money,’ homicide detectives investigate Maple Ridge death and more

Bankruptcies in British Columbia on the rise

Consumer bankruptcies climbed by 6. 1 per cent in August 2018 from the same month last year.

World Toilet Day floats some serious health issues

Needs More Spikes blog finds 136 people are currently peeing in Vancouver Island city

Most Read