Judge to render decision next week on bail hearing for suspected sexual attacker

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A man suspected of several violent sexual offences in the downtown St. John’s area last year will find out Tuesday whether or not he’ll be granted bail on his latest set of charges.

But no matter what the decision, Sofyan Boalag won’t get out of jail any time soon.

That’s because the 33-year-old has already been denied bail on many of his charges.

On Dec. 21, 2012, just 11 days after his arrest, a provincial court judge ordered he stay in jail at the end of his first bail hearing. That was when Boalag originally faced nine charges.

However, since that time, police have laid several additional charges. In all, Boalag faces close to two dozen counts.

And although he has no chance of being freed from prison before his trial — which will likely be next year — Boalag still wanted a second bail hearing.

That hearing wrapped up Friday in provincial court. Judge Jim Walsh opted to wait until Tuesday to render his decision.

Boalag is suspected of sexually assaulted five women and one teenage girl.

He has already pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen counts relating to three complainants.

His charges include 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.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Geographic location: LeMarchant Road

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