Additional charges laid against man facing sexual assault charges

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Sofyan Boalag is pictured in this Telegram file photo.

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.

Organizations: RNC Criminal Investigation Division, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: St. John's, LeMarchant Road

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  • Mercer
    April 26, 2013 - 09:43

    You ignorant people. This is not about if he is a immigrant or not!! Wrap your minds around the fact that this is a very dangerous predator who will probably end up killing one day. He should be locked away for life.

  • Joe
    April 25, 2013 - 21:59

    Those who are not aboriginal are immigrants somewhere along the line. This is not an immigrant issue ; its a person issue.He should be deported if found guilty

  • carogers
    April 25, 2013 - 15:03

    People please! Women were assaulted and like they say, the number of complaints are probable only the tip of the ice burg, this guy has gotten around the globe. So who cares if he is this or that nationality. Put your energy into good wishes to the victims recovery. For the necessary special care they will need from close family and friends. Take up your political views where they matter, with your representative. I wish God speed to the victims recovery.

  • Victim Rights
    April 25, 2013 - 13:35

    Can the media please be cautious when posting pictures of this guy in court. Any non-court staff in the background could be the victims. If so, it is not fair to blast their pictures around the internet. If you cant get a shot of him without anyone in the background, please crop or blur the them out.

  • Fact Checker
    April 25, 2013 - 13:26

    Previous news stories say he if from Algeria and therefore an immigrant.

    • Chantal
      April 25, 2013 - 15:09

      But it doesn't say that he isn't a citizen. Whether he is or not isn't an issue except to the usual load of small-minded xenophobes and racists. I agree with Krista: I too hope he gets the sentence he deserves -- if he is found guilty.

  • Krista
    April 25, 2013 - 13:17

    Fed Up - I just have to say that is one ignorant response. Sexual assault and terrorism are two completely separate issues. And as for immigrants, I suggest you take some time to meet a few and educate yourself on your geography and other cultures. As for this man, I hope he gets the sentence he deserves. My heart goes out to the women he hurt, I hope they get some justice.

  • gerard
    April 25, 2013 - 12:26

    Chantel Actually I am a First Nations person , all the more reason, we have let too many of these type people into our land over the last 500 years. Tell me if one of those girls he assaulted was a child or family member of yours would you be so liberal minded . I said if he was not from this country,but if he was born here well that makes him a canadian. Chantell just think if a canadian went abroad lets say middle east and done that over there do you think he would make it out of that country alive, I thin k not,

  • Fed Up
    April 25, 2013 - 11:53

    Its time for our government to start considering stronger immigration laws for our own safety especially after the terrorist threat that was stopped by our police and other law enforcement agencies. And where are these people from, you guessed it, middle eastern regions. Sorry but someone has to say it this has to stop. A terrorist threat in Canada is now the topper of it all. After all that has happened from 9/11 to the Boston Marathon its all Middle Eastern people or thereof doing these terrorist acts. and no you cant tar them all with the same brush cause that's not right either but our immigration laws in North America have to be better than this. How did these 2 jokers in Toronto be allowed in they are not even citizens. After all the life being lost from all these cowardly senseless acts how are we not more prudent on who we let in this country. I travelled to the States last year and the Customs agent looked at me for about 10 minutes like I had something to be suspicious about. I am a Caucasian Newfoundlander!!!! If he is looking at me like this and scrutinizing me how are these people getting in I don't understand it. Our system is failing. This is not racism either that has nothing to do with it but facts are facts....Most terrorisim is coming mainly from one area in the world and we all know where that is. And yes there are bad people from here no question and that's hard enough to police but the point is why are we letting unknowns in here to cause us more trouble than is necessary. Its not about the color of a mans skin its about the good or bad inside of it. If we know that these terrorists are from one certain area and these people are coming here everyday from these areas should we not be more cautious before we let them in the country or North America in general. is there not enough crime and lost life in these parts as it is than to let more possible criminal element in. Just ask the families of any victims of 9/11 or these bombings and see what their answers would be. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY WOULD BE!!!!!!!! Enough is enough!!!!!

    • Abdul Saieed
      April 25, 2013 - 12:38

      Chechnya is a republic of Russia and is not Middle Eastern. Why the Boston bombing was a terrorist act, but the recent mass shootings are simply deranged people acting out.

    • david
      April 25, 2013 - 13:16

      Abdul: Chechnya is on the very western edge of Asia. If it isn't included in the term "Middle East" in the purely semantic sense, it's close enough for my interpretation...and, more importantly, close enough for such Middle Easterners (sensu stricto) to hang out there on weekends ---- in body or mind.

  • Chantal
    April 25, 2013 - 11:46

    Firstly, why do you assume he may be an immigrant? Would you have said this had his name happened to be Bob MacDonald or Doug Smith; common names for immigrants -- from the British Isles. He may be sixth or seventh generation Canadian. Secondly, If he is a Canadian citizen, he is a Canadian citizen period. There are no degrees of citizenship. As for "allowing" "these people" into "our country," and hurting "our people," perhaps you should have a word with some First Nations elders. I'm sure you'd have a lot to talk about.

    • david
      April 25, 2013 - 12:31

      Yes, he might very well be Canadian. Or not. He might very well be an immigrant, and Gerard posted an important conditional word ..."if"....that completely qualifies his comment. Well, it does for those with open minds and reading comprehension skills, anyway. And if that is the casee, then getting rid of him immediately through deportation is much more effective and cheaper than going through the regular "justice" system (...urrrppp). Go back to your NDP workshops on 'creating contrived issues from your own overactive, subconscious prejudices', Chantal. You need more 'skill development'.

    • Chantal
      April 25, 2013 - 13:48

      David, speaking of contrived issues and prejudices; I wrote the he assumed that "he MAY be an immigrant...," not that he assumed that he is an immigrant. My point, David, is that I doubt he would have written the same rubbish had he had an Anglo name indicating that I believe his statement to be based on a xenophobic mind. Perhaps you should take some rudimentary reading classes. Stultissime!

    • Douggie
      April 26, 2013 - 08:05

      Steve is right. The answer isn't to shut it down as Jay suggests, but to re-think it and build it better, not do the same old thing over and over. Park and ride works in other cities; we need a bus to the airport; we need shuttle busses from surrounding towns; and get away from this absurd notion that is has to be profitable rather than a public service. How do other cities make their transit work? I would also suggest that fares be drastically reduced. as the current rates are a disincentive. Also, the study you cite probably includes rural areas where therre is no public transit. Brian sounds more like Rob Ford groaning about the "war on the cars."

  • gerard
    April 25, 2013 - 11:09

    Man should be given fair trial and if found guilty do the time. Then if he is a immigrant who may have his Canadian citizenship he should have that stripped from him and deported back to where he come from never to be allowed into our country anymore for any reason. This is a policy our federal government should take ,anyone from another country who has Canadian citizenship and commits serious crime should have their citizenship taken and deported with no exceptions. Time to get hard on these people who we allow into our country and then hurt our people.