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Man guilty of sexual assault back in court

An Oliver man found guilty of a violent sexual assault late last year, made a brief appearance by video in a Penticton courtroom Wednesday.

The last time Brian Louie appeared by video on Feb. 25, he was told by the judge he needed to be represented in order to fix a date for sentencing.

On Wednesday, he indicated he had obtained counsel and applied to a treatment centre in Abbotsford.

At the end of his December trial, Louie, 34, was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault and assault causing bodily harm, stemming from an incident in May, 2012.

In his testimony, Louie claimed the fight between him and the victim, who he was with at a house on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve, came at the end of a 72-hour period in which he had stayed up for two nights drinking alcohol and doing cocaine.

He also said he was not the Hannibal Lecter, zombie or villain everyone was making him out to be.

Other witnesses in the trial, among them the victim and her friends, described the violent fight, the obvious pain the victim was in following the incident.

Louie is slated to next appear in court on April 10.

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