Sex assault case wraps up

The man accused of sexually assaulting two women in their home while they slept called no evidence in his defence, after the Crown finished its submissions Tuesday.

Shea Gardecki was arrested on the evening of Aug. 23, 2016 on the 1500 block of Kelowna’s Highland Road North, after two women woke to find a man assaulting them in their bed.

Gardecki faces two counts of sexual assault and one count of breaking and entering. His Supreme Court jury trial began Jan. 17.

The Crown's final two witnesses were two roommates who lived at the home where Gardecki spent the afternoon prior to his arrest. The two men's TV-watching schedules provided conflicting testimony of the timeline of Gardecki's day leading up to his arrest.

Gardecki's friend, Doug Leewes, testified in court that he had invited Gardecki over on the afternoon of Aug. 23 to help him detail a car he was trying to sell.

Leewes testified Gardecki drank two of his beer, but decided he would begin the detail job the following morning.

Leewes said Gardecki left his house around 6:30 p.m. to get more beer, and returned 30 to 45 minutes later, without beer. He never explained where he had been.

After the pair finished the last two beers, Leewes said he asked Gardecki to leave, as he wanted to watch Don Lemon on CNN, which had begun at 7 pm.

Gardecki left the house and was immediately arrested in the backyard by officers who had responded to the assault.

Meanwhile, Mike Harrison, Leewes' roommate, testified that Gardecki and Leewes had been drinking an amber coloured liquor that evening. Leewes said after leaving the house the first time, Gardecki returned to the house around 7:45 pm, when Harrison was halfway through watching Jeopardy.

Harrison said he took his dog for a walk after Jeopardy ended at 8 p.m., and returned about 30 minutes later to see Gardecki in his backyard “being dealt with by the RCMP.”

Police said the assault occurred at about 8:45 p.m.

With evidence submissions completed Tuesday, closing arguments are expected Wednesday morning, followed by the beginning of jury deliberation Thursday.  

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