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Former Lytton community leader's sentence upheld in sexual assault case

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June 03, 2016 - 4:25 PM

VANCOUVER - A former community leader in Lytton will be spending three years behind bars after his application for appeal was dismissed by a Supreme Court judge in Vancouver.

Michael Hume, a social worker in the community, had appealed his sentence for sexual assault, unlawful confinement and uttering threats, saying his acts didn't justify three years in prison, and sought a 12-month sentence.

Hume first appealed his conviction earlier this year, but Judge David Frankel dismissed the appeal in March.

The charges stem from an incident back in August of 2013. Hume had invited a young man, who cannot be identified because of a publication ban, over to his house for a drink. Shortly after, the victim passed out.

When he woke up, he found Hume in the process of shaving the area under the victim's testicles. When the victim tried to leave, Hume threatened to hit him with an empty liquor bottle.

"The manner in which Mr. Hume shaved D.H.'s genitals and other body parts was highly invasive, humiliating and degrading. The fact that there was no actual penetration or physical injury is not, in these circumstances, determinative of the seriousness of the assault," Supreme Court Judge Nicole Garson wrote in her decision.


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