A Saanich Police clip of a male they believe is the suspect in a sexual assault and robbery on the 1500-block of Church Ave. on Jan. 27, 2016. Screenshot

A Saanich Police clip of a male they believe is the suspect in a sexual assault and robbery on the 1500-block of Church Ave. on Jan. 27, 2016. Screenshot

Guilty verdict for suspect of brazen Saanich sex assault

Jury finds Hope guilty of Church Avenue home invasion, sex assault

The trial of accused David Robert Hope came to a close in the downtown Victoria Supreme court on Monday as Hope was found guilty on seven charges.

Hope was arrested in April 2016 in relation to the shocking home invasion of two foreign exchange students in Saanich. The incident occurred on Jan. 27, 2016, when a man banged at the ground-floor patio window of an apartment at 1514 Church Avenue and was let in by two women.

The jury of seven women, five men stood unanimous in finding Hope guilty for one count of break and enter to commit an indictable offence, two counts of unlawful confinement or imprisonment, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of robbery.

The trial lasted nearly two weeks and was marked by a surprise testimony by a witness, Jean Nadeau, who is currently serving time at the Matsqui Institute for sex assault. Nadeau took the stand last week and confessed to the crime, reciting many of the details but also leaving many details out, claiming he was on ‘messed up on GHB and cocaine’ that day.

In the end Crown counsel was able to dispel Nadeau’s claim.

Early testimony heard Hope’s DNA was found on the outside of the patio door.