UPDATE: Accused in sexual assault case deemed fit to stand trial

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To be back in court Wednesday for possible bail hearing

Sofyan Boalag, 33, was deemed fit to stand trial following a lunch-hour psychiatric assessment that was ordered when he appeared in provincial court this morning on charges of sexual assault and other offences.

When Boalag appeared in court this afternoon, he was remanded back in custody to appear in court again Wednesday for a status update on the case and possibly, a bail hearing.

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(Earlier story)

Sofyan Boalag, 33, was sent for a psychiatric assessment when he appeared in provincial court today on charges of sexual assault and other offences.

He will be back in court this afternoon.

The charges against Boalag include: on Dec. 9 committing a sexual assault upon a woman while carrying, using or threatening to use a weapon — knife; sexual assault causing bodily harm on the woman; robbery from the woman; carrying a concealed weapon, a knife; and charged on Dec. 10 with resisting arrrest; possession stolen goods belonging to the woman; possession of property belonging to another person; and on Dec. 9 did with intent to enable or assist himself or another person to commit an indictable offence unlawfully attempt to choke, strangle or suffocate the woman.

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(Earlier story)

Sofyan Boalag, 33, of St. John’s will be in provincial court today to face charges of sexual assault while threatening to use a knife, resisting arrest, having a concealed weapon and possession of stolen property.

The charges were laid in connection to a string of sexual assaults in the centre city and downtown areas of St. John's.

Boalog was arrested Monday and held in custody overnight.

He was sent for a lunch-time psychiatric assessment and will be back in court this afternoon.

More information to come.

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(Earlier story)

The RNC has made an arrest in connection to an investigation of a string of possibly related sexual assaults in the centre city and downtown areas of St. John's.

The man is set to appear in court this morning, and was held in custody overnight.

No further information about the arrest or the suspect was given in a news release from the RNC late Monday night.

Earlier Monday, the RNC had held a news conference to announce that investigators believed five separate sexual assaults that have occurred in the downtown St. John’s area were committed by the same man.

 

 

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