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Jailed for raping sister

A 21-year-old man was sentenced to nine months in jail, Friday, for raping his 14-year-old sister in 2015.

The man, who's name is under a publication ban to protect the victim's identity, was originally charged with sexual assault and sexual interference of a person under 16. After the accused pleaded guilty to the interference charge, the Crown dropped the assault charge.

The nine-month sentence, along with two years of probation, was a joint submission by Crown prosecutor Mallory Tredennick and defence counsel Wade Jenson to Justice Brad Chapman.

The incident occurred in August 2015, when a Kelowna family was staying at a chalet at Big White.

The victim said she fell asleep while watching a movie with several of her siblings, and awoke to find her brother, 19 years old at the time, touching her breasts and crotch.

After going to the bathroom to cry, the victim returned to the room and fell asleep on a different bed. She woke up again that night to find her brother on top of her. He proceeded to rape her.

“She remained still. She wanted to scream and call for help, but she was frozen,” Tredennick said.

The next day, her brother attempted to apologize twice, but she avoided him.

Months later, on March 16, 2016, a social worker reported the incident to police, after the victim told her pastor about it. That same day, the brother, along with his father, turned himself in to the Kelowna police detachment.

Tredennick said the assault has had a “significant impact” on the victim.

“As a result of the sexual assault, I have now been struggling with depression,” the victim wrote in her victim impact statement.

Justice Chapman said the incident was “at the more significant and serious range” of sexual interference convictions, but there were several mitigating factors, including the accused's young age, lack of criminal record and remorse.



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