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Verdict expected in May for sexual assault trial

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on March 2, 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man who has been waiting since last December for a judge to give his decision on a sex-assault trial, will finally receive a verdict, but not for a couple more months.
Judge Jerry LeGrandeur is expected to give his decision on May 3, nearly five months after Sohil Bindra stood trial on sex-related offences against four women.
Bindra, 35, is accused of sexually assaulting the women on separate occasions between 2018 and 2020. The accused denies the allegations, and testified during his trial that all the women consented to the liaisons.
During the trial in November and December, a woman testified Bindra assaulted her in his vehicle in the Spring of 2018. Bindra is charged with sexual assault and administering a noxious substance in relation to the assault against the woman.
Another woman testified Bindra sexually assaulted her after he gave her and a friend a ride home from a bar in February of 2020. He is charged with housebreaking and commit sexual assault, sexual assault, and administering a noxious substance in relation to that woman. He also faces sexual assault in relation to the woman’s friend whom he gave a ride home.
A fourth woman told court she was too drunk to drive home to Taber following a work Christmas party in December of 2018, and was sexually assaulted after Bindra allowed her to stay the night at his westside home. Although Bindra said she was coming onto him, she testified she did not consent and told him no.
Bindra is also scheduled to face two separate trials later this year in relation to two other women.

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