Barriere man kissed, groped elderly woman without her consent: Prosecutor - InfoNews

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Barriere man kissed, groped elderly woman without her consent: Prosecutor

April 26, 2017 - 3:32 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Barriere woman in her 90s alleges an acquaintance touched and kissed her without her consent when he showed up at her house uninvited in 2016.

The bizarre circumstances were outlined this morning by Crown prosecutor Frank Caputo in opening statements at the trial of Brian Byung Koo Lee in Kamloops Provincial Court today, April 26.

Lee, 61 years old at the time of the alleged offence, is charged with sexually assaulting the Barriere senior in her home. Her name and exact age would identify her in the small town and cannot be published due to a court-ordered publication ban.

Caputo told the court the complainant and her son first met Lee when he moved to Barriere around August 2016, and went to dinner with him.

Within a few days, Caputo said, Lee visited the elderly woman's home unexpectedly and she let him in. They went to her living room and Lee allegedly kissed the woman, touched her chest area and touched her mid-section without her consent.

The woman's daughter-in-law took the stand during trial today, and recalled she was on a trip at the time of the alleged offence, but said when she returned something was different.

"I found her very nervous, very upset, not as sturdy or strong as what she would normally be," the complainant's daughter-in-law testified.

She recalled seeing bruises and marks on her mother-in-law, one bruise below her lip, bruises on her hand and a mark on her breast. Once she was made aware of what happened, she took photographs of the injuries to show police.

The trial is expected to continue throughout the week.

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