Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Man convicted of sexual assault on minor in name of witchcraft

Man convicted of sexual assault on minor in name of witchcraft

For allegedly sexually assaulting a minor girl four years ago at police station limits, the district special court on Friday sentenced an accused to five years in jail and a fine. That information will be entered into a national database that tracks violent offenders, even though it will not be treated the same as a formal complaint to police.

Police say the initiative is a step forward in addressing the serious issue of the under-reporting of sexual assault cases.

Three community-based partner agencies will now handle the intake of such reports and forward them to police.

The police were notified, and investigations into this incident are said to be ongoing. Those who cannot visit one of the agencies can instead call and speak to someone.

"It's a little bit overdue but it's very timely", said Leslie Spillet of Ka Ni Kanichihk, adding Indigenous women in Winnipeg face the highest rate of sexual violence in the city.

A spokesman for Gwent Police said: "At approximately 1.55am on Sunday 15th April, we received a report that a man was being verbally and physically aggressive towards paramedics on Hanbury Road in Bargoed".

The Manitoba RCMP has developed a similar protocol alongside community victim service providers for third-party reporting in other areas of Manitoba.

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