Tag Archive for: Historic Sexual Assault

R. vs. D.C. – Port Coquitlam Provincial Court

Charges: Sexual Assault (x2).

Issue: In the circumstances of these historic charges and our client’s rehabilitation, whether a community based sentence was appropriate.

Result: Notwithstanding that Crown counsel sought a 20 month jail sentence, the trial judge agreed with Mr. Mines’ submission that, in the circumstances of our client’s genuine remorse and rehabilitation, it was appropriate to  grant a conditional sentence of 21 months. No jail.

R. vs. L.M. – Vancouver Provincial Court

Charges: Assault with a weapon; assault causing bodily harm.

Issue: Given elements of provocation, a potential defence of self-defence, and our client’s background as a vulnerable woman, whether it was in the public interest for Crown to continue the criminal prosecution.

Result: Mr. Mines was able to persuade Crown counsel to enter a stay of proceedings upon our client succesfully completing the Alternative Measures Program. No criminal record.