Pre-trial conference for sexual assault case next month

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Sofyan Boalag is pictured in provincial court in this Telegram file photo.

A man suspected of committing six sexual assaults in St. John's is expected to have a trial date set next month when lawyers meet to discuss his case.

Sofyan Boalag appeared in provincial court this morning via video link from Her Majesty's Penitentiary. He was represented in court by his lawyer Tim O'Brien.

O'Brien told Judge Robert Hyslop that his client is pleading not guilty to his most recent charges involving three of the alleged sexual assaults. He's already pleaded not guilty to the charges laid in connection with three other reported sexual assaults.

O'Brien and Crown prosecutor Kathleen O'Reilly agreed to have a pre-trial conference on June 7 to iron out some legal issues in the case. They said they will likely settle on a trial date during that meeting.

In all, Boalag faces almost two dozen charges, which also include sexual assault with a weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, assault with a weapon, sexual interference, robbery and sexual assault causing bodily harm.

The 34-year-old was arrested Dec. 10, 2012, 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. The offences were said to have happened between August and December 2012.

Some of the 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.

Geographic location: St. John's, LeMarchant Road

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