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Sofyan Boalag appeared in St. John’s provincial court Wednesday for a bail hearing. The bail hearing is scheduled to resume Thursday morning.
A man already suspected of committing three sexual assaults in St. John's has been accused of committing three more.
Sofyan Boalag was in provincial court today and his case was set over to May 10.
He faces eight additional charges after a police investigation uncovered three more reported victims — all female adults.
The 34-year-old is charged with three counts of sexual assault while threatening to use a weapon (a knife), three counts of carrying a concealed weapon, and single counts of assault with a weapon and sexual assault causing bodily harm.
The offences were said to have happened in the downtown area of the city between August and December of last year.
Boalag was already in custody, having been arrested Dec. 10, 2012.
He was charged with more than two dozen charges relating to sexual assaults — including sexual assault with a weapon, sexual assault causing bodily harm and sexual interference — robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and possessing stolen property.
He was picked up by police shortly after reports that a man had sexually assaulted women as they were walking home from the downtown area towards the city centre at night.
Other charges were laid in relation to reports he sexually assaulted a girl younger than 16 with a piece of wood in the LeMarchant Road area.
The RNC Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate and is seeking the assistance of the general public and anyone who may have information in relation to these crimes is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.