January 08, 2014 - 9:14 AM
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
PENTICTON - A woman permanently injured in a vicious assault learned on Tuesday her attacker was to serve another two years and ten months in prison.
Brian Douglas Louie, 35, was found guilty in 2012 for aggravated sexual assault and assault causing bodily harm. These actions were committed against a woman at an Oliver residence in May 2011.
Judge Meg Shaw sentenced Louie, who appeared at Penticton Provincial Court via video, to four years for the aggravated sexual assault and one year for the assault causing bodily harm. He will spend less than that time in jail thanks to enhanced credit. Shaw is legally obliged to consider enhanced credit, which comes out to 1.5 days for every day already served, when sentencing aboriginals. Instead of five years behind bars or 1,825 days Louie will serve 2.8 years or 1,038 days. The judge also considered Louie's violent upbringing, his substance abuse and his mother's alcoholism.
Following his sentence gasps and sobs were heard at the back of the courtroom. The victim and close family members were present on Tuesday along with members of Louie's family. None of them spoke to the press.
On the day of the assault, in May 2011, Louie was performing consensual oral sex on a woman at an Oliver residence. He bit clean through her labia and spit part of it across the room, nearly severing an artery in her leg. Louie then paused before punching and kicking the woman. He then dragged across the room and down a flight of stairs. The ordeal left the victim with facial scars and permanent damage to her labia.
Crown prosecutor John Swanson wanted eight years for the aggravated sex assault and two years for the assault to cause bodily harm. Defence lawyer Micah Rankin asked for a lighter sentence and in his client's defense Rankin submitted letters of support from Louis's family, the Osoyoos Indian Band, Chief Clarence Louie and acceptance letters from treatment centres.
Rankin explained the convicted man has a strong support system for rehabilitation should he be released sooner rather than later.
Shaw said rehabilitation only works if a person shows remorse for his actions, something Louie failed to do at numerous court appearances. A pre-sentence report stated Louie was shown to be violent towards women and has failed rehabilitation in the past.
Since being arrested he has even denied some of the actions he was convicted for and at one time said he acted in self defense. He also blamed women for getting away with murder and told the court the judge herself was out to get him.
Shaw said Louie only showed remorse for this assault after being convicted. She hoped it was genuine.
Before the court case wrapped up Louie explained, "I just wanted to say I'm very apologetic for what happened."
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