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20 November 2020
Warning: descriptions of sexual assault in this story may upset some readers.
A Kimmirut man who sexually assaulted a sleeping woman last year shouldn’t get a shorter prison sentence because of COVID-19, Justice Paul Bychok said in a written judgment released yesterday.
“There is no lawful authority which permits sentencing judges to lessen appropriate and principled custodial sentences because of the current pandemic,” Bychok said.
At the same time, he said courts should pay attention to an amendment to the Criminal Code that the current Liberal government added in 2019.