Fine is­sued in pros­ti­tu­tion case

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton -

SYD­NEY — A Syd­ney man was fined $500 Fri­day hav­ing pre­vi­ously been found guilty of com­mu­ni­cat­ing for the pur­pose of ob­tain­ing sex­ual ser­vices.

Hisham Fathy Sleem, 42, of Alexan­dra Street, was also or­dered to sup­ply a DNA sam­ple to the na­tional reg­istry.

The un­em­ployed fa­ther of two was among 27 men charged in 2015 as part of a Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice un­der­cover op­er­a­tion fo­cus­ing on pros­ti­tu­tion in down­town Syd­ney.

Pro­vin­cial court Judge Brian Wil­lis­ton is­sued a guilty ver­dict in the case af­ter a trial in which he re­jected Sleem’s ex­pla­na­tion of why he was in an area fre­quented by pros­ti­tutes.

Sleem ex­plained that prior to his ar­rest in Au­gust 2015, he was on Char­lotte Street when stopped by a fe­male ask­ing for the time.

Af­ter the brief con­ver­sa­tion with the woman, Sleem said he was un­able to lo­cate his cell­phone and thought the fe­male must have taken it.

He re­turned to the area in search of the girl and when ap­proached by a fe­male un­der­cover of­fi­cer he did ad­mit he was look­ing for sex.

How­ever, he said the com­ment was only meant to have the fe­male get in his ve­hi­cle so he could ask her about the other girl and his cell­phone.

Two other tri­als are sched­uled for later in the month. The ma­jor­ity of the ac­cused have com­pleted the court process and were is­sued fines.

Three of the ac­cused had their cases dis­missed while three oth­ers were found not guilty.

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