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Sentencing hearing in Kamloops delayed for man convicted of sexual assault

September 13, 2016 - 9:46 AM

KAMLOOPS - A man convicted of sexual assault in Kamloops will have to wait another day before learning how long he will spend in prison.

The sheriffs in charge of transporting prisoners to the Kamloops Law Courts forgot to bring Taylor James Matchett to the courthouse this morning, Sept. 13.

"He wasn't brought this morning," defence lawyer Sheldon Tate told the court. "He'll be here this afternoon."

Due to the court schedule, there's no time this afternoon for Supreme Court Judge Dev Dley to hear sentencing submissions.

Crown prosecutors Laura Drake and Catriona Elliott are asking for a three to four year prison sentence.

Tate said his submissions weren't "far off" from that mark.

Matchett, 28, was accused of raping a woman at gunpoint on the North Shore in 2009. There were no suspects in the case until Matchett was convicted of a crime in Alberta and he had to give a DNA sample.

His sample matched the DNA found in the sexual assault case and he was arrested at his home in Edmonton last November, six years after the assault took place.

Matchett was originally charged with sexual assault with a weapon, but in July a jury found him guilty of the lesser charge of sexual assault.

Sentencing submissions are expected to be heard tomorrow morning, Sept. 14.

For more of our coverage on this case, go here.

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