Two Duncan men have been found guilty of aggravated sexual assault after an incident at a home on June 26, 2016.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Murray found Nicholas Des Charlie and Abraham Charles Percy Louie guilty of the charges following a recent trial at the Duncan courthouse. According to court documents, the victim was so severely injured in the genital area that she required surgery.
The assault took place in a residence on Whut’stun Road where a group of people were having a drinking party in one of the rooms. The victim had a sister at the party, where Charlie and Louie were also drinking, and decided to attend.
After consuming a significant amount of alcohol and passing out for a while, the victim woke to find herself alone with Charlie and Louie, who are cousins, and tried to leave the room. But Louie grabbed her arm to prevent her from leaving. The victim said in a statement that she then felt her vagina being penetrated and she blacked out again. She said she was still in the room when she came to some time later and took a couple of steps into the hallway before collapsing.
Her sister found her there in the morning with no pants on and bleeding heavily from her vaginal area. She also had bruises all over her face, head, arms and legs.
Both Louie and Charlie were found sleeping in the room where the assault occurred. While both denied the charges, Murray said there was enough evidence, including from DNA testing and circumstantial, to find them guilty of the charges.
Murray acknowledged that how the victim was assaulted is unknown, what each man did is unknown and what they assaulted the victim with is unknown.
“What is known is that the victim entered the room with no injuries and she left that room bruised, battered and seriously injured,” she said in her summation.
“While I am uncertain as to whether Mr. Charlie or Mr. Louie personally assaulted the victim or whether they aided and abetted the sexual assault, having considered all the evidence and all the circumstances, I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that both accused were parties to the attack on [the victim].”
Sentencing of Charlie and Louie is expected at a later date.