Bail hearing expected Monday for accused in sexual assault case

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Sofyan Boalag is pictured in provincial court today. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

The man suspected of a violent sexual assault in the capital city last weekend was back in provincial court in St. John's today.

In a brief appearance before the judge, Sofyan Boalag consented to return to jail again until Monday, at which time a bail hearing is expected to be held.

Boalag, 33 —who reportedly is originally from Algeria but lives in St. John’s — faces nine charges — six in connection with a violent sexual assault and robbery against a woman on Sunday.

He’s charged with sexual assault with a weapon (a knife), sexual assault causing bodily harm, robbery and attempting to choke, strangle or suffocate the woman.

The woman was leaving a nightclub when she encountered a man and walked with him away from downtown St. John’s towards the centre city area before being sexually assaulted.

Police said the assault took place between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Plain-clothed police officers reportedly arrested Boalag Monday at the Village mall parking lot.

He was said to have resisted and struggled with officers. Boalag had to be taken to hospital, but was released shortly afterwards.

He was charged with resisting arrest, carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing stolen property that belonged to someone other than the woman.

Geographic location: St. John's, Algeria

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