Two sen­tenced for ‘dis­gust­ing’ sex as­sault

Crown wanted longer prison term for what it de­scribed as ‘gang rape’ of woman

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What de­fence lawyers char­ac­ter­ized as a party that got out of hand, and the pros­e­cu­tion called a “gang rape” re­sulted in prison terms on Thurs­day — but not as steep as those re­quested by the Crown.

Regina Court of Queen’s Bench Jus­tice Fred Ko­vach called the ac­tions of two men “cal­lous, dis­gust­ing and, in­deed, de­mean­ing.”

Jonathan Camp­bell-Ball, now 27, was sen­tenced to five years for sex­ual as­sault with a weapon, to be served con­cur­rently with sen­tences for un­law­ful con­fine­ment and com­mon as­sault.

Jama Roble, 26, was sen­tenced to four years for sex­ual as­sault, to be served con­cur­rently with sen­tences for as­sault and un­law­ful con­fine­ment.

Given time al­ready spent in cus­tody, they have 32 months and 11 months re­main­ing, re­spec­tively.

Their co-ac­cused, Ab­di­rah­man Kahin, 25, has not yet been sen­tenced for sex­ual as­sault with a weapon, sex­ual as­sault and con­fine­ment.

All charges stem from events on Nov. 27 and 28, 2015, when the trio as­saulted and con­fined a then-24year-old woman who was known to Camp­bell-Ball.

The woman, whose name is pro­tected by a pub­li­ca­tion ban, came to Regina from Cal­gary to pur­sue a ro­man­tic relationship with him.

Camp­bell-Ball and Kahin in­serted a whisky bot­tle into the woman’s rec­tum, while she cried and ob­jected, Crown pros­e­cu­tor Chris White said in ar­gu­ing for a min­i­mum seven-year sen­tence.

Fol­low­ing that, Roble struck her in the head un­til she agreed to per­form oral sex and lick his anus. His friends laughed dur­ing this halfhour or­deal.

An­other woman was present at times as well.

White said the woman ex­pe­ri­enced hu­mil­i­at­ing and de­grad­ing acts “for 20 hours or so,” and “there didn’t ap­pear to be much of an end in sight for (her),” as she was taken to three dif­fer­ent ho­tels and a res­i­dence in a strange city.

How­ever, de­fence lawyer Noah Evanchuk said the ex­pe­ri­ence was not one of on­go­ing vi­o­lence. There was also laugh­ter, drink­ing and drug use. The woman even con­sented to sex with Camp­bell-Ball.

De­fence lawyer Sharon Fox said the un­law­ful con­fine­ment was psy­cho­log­i­cal. Evanchuk agreed.

“She never tried to es­cape. She never asked to leave. She was never phys­i­cally re­strained be­yond her own men­tal fears,” said Fox, adding her phone was in the room, but she never tried to ac­cess it.

Fox said, in cross-ex­am­i­na­tion at the trial, the woman ac­knowl­edged some­one look­ing in would think this was a big orgy.

“I would sug­gest … that that’s in part what this was,” Fox said. “It went too far; it be­came non­con­sen­sual, certain el­e­ments of it, any­ways.”

Evanchuk agreed “this was a party at which things got out of hand.”

White said the fact the woman had con­sen­sual sex with Camp­bell-Ball “shows the depths of her af­fec­tions to­wards him,” and that he took ad­van­tage of her trust.

Ko­vach was at “a loss to un­der­stand” the men’s mo­ti­va­tion, adding they caused the woman “ma­jor psy­cho­log­i­cal harm.”

White read a brief vic­tim-im­pact state­ment writ­ten by the woman, who con­tin­ues to fear for her safety and that the men might get out of jail and find out where she lives.

She was di­ag­nosed with post­trau­matic stress disor­der and con­tin­ues to have flash­backs and anx­i­ety at­tacks. She has trust is­sues and her fam­ily re­la­tion­ships have suf­fered.

On a pos­i­tive note, White said, “This in­ci­dent shot her down the road to re­cov­ery,” as she sought re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. At the time, she was a sex trade worker ad­dicted to crys­tal meth.

Camp­bell-Ball apol­o­gized for his ac­tions, while Roble said noth­ing.

“It was never my in­ten­tion to bring (her) down here to make her leave emo­tion­ally scarred,” Camp­bell-Ball said.

“We’re not mon­sters, al­though we’ve been con­victed of se­ri­ous charges. Things just blew out of pro­por­tion and I apol­o­gize. … I should have stood up and stuck up (for her) and I didn’t.”

The three men were ac­quit­ted of ad­di­tional charges of hu­man traf­fick­ing and procur­ing a person to of­fer or pro­vide sex­ual ser­vices.

Both Camp­bell-Ball and Roble have records that in­clude rob­bery con­vic­tions, but not sex­ual as­sault.

Camp­bell-Ball dropped out of Grade 9 and had an un­sta­ble up­bring­ing, be­ing shuf­fled back and forth be­tween the homes of his pre­scrip­tion-drug ad­dict mother and his al­co­holic fa­ther.

Roble, the son of Ethiopian im­mi­grants, was born and raised in Ot­tawa.

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