July 15th, 2024

Sentencing postponed in sexual assault case

By Delon Shurtz - Lethbridge Herald on June 1, 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man who was found guilty last month of drugging and sexually assaulting three women several years ago, is still waiting to be sentenced.A sentencing date for Sohil Bindra was expected to be scheduled Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court, but after Bindra’s lawyer was unable to attend the hearing, duty counsel adjourned the matter until June 9, when Calgary lawyer Alain Hepner will be able to attend. Judge Jerry LeGrandeur found Bindra guilty May 3 of administering a drug to the women and sexually assaulting them between 2018 and 2020. The accused denied the allegations, and testified during his trial last year 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, 35, was found guilty of 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 was found guilty of housebreaking and commit sexual assault, sexual assault and administering a noxious substance in relation to that woman. He also faced a charge of sexual assault – in the form of an unwanted kiss – in relation to the woman’s friend to whom he gave a ride home, but LeGrandeur said the Crown did not prove the absence of consent and he dismissed that charge.
A fourth woman told court during the trial that 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. He was found guilty of administering a noxious substance and sexual assault.
Bindra was also found guilty on two drug charges; one for possessing cocaine and the other for possessing the substance he used to drug the women.
Bindra is scheduled to face two separate sex assault trials later this year in relation to two other women. The first trial is set for June 20-24.

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