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Man convicted of sexual offences on young Kamloops girl showed no remorse, judge says

February 26, 2020 - 4:30 PM

An Alberta man convicted of sexual interference of a young Kamloops girl was sentenced today to 15 months in prison followed by two years of probation.

After hearing from the victim’s mother, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Nigel Kent said Cory Richard Swain, 32, appeared to showed no remorse for his actions. Swain was convicted of the July, 2015 crime last summer.

The victim was 15 years old during the summer of 2015, and was staying for four days at a friend’s house in Kamloops. Swain, his partner and two children were visiting relatives of his common-law partner at the same time.

The two girls normally slept in the friend’s bedroom, but on that night they decided to sleep on the hammock in the backyard. The victim, who cannot be identified by law, said on two occasions she found herself alone with him, he touched her sexually and made her touch him as well. 

The victim’s mother was emotional during the sentencing. As her daughter’s primary caregiver since the incident occurred, she says her daughter’s behaviour changed right around the time of the incident.

“She had true talent and was outgoing. In July or August, everything changed,” she said in the statement today, Feb. 26.

She said her daughter became depressed, anxious and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. She said her daughter, who used to be outgoing and athletic, would spend days in bed, wouldn’t eat and went from being a good student to failing nearly all of her sophomore classes. Her daughter had dreamed of becoming a care aide or a nurse but wasn’t able to graduate. She has since developed alcohol and drug problems.

In the statement, the mother claims the family has spent a significant amount of money on care for their daughter including therapists, brain mapping, holistic health approaches, missed work and travel to the hospital. Her daughter has tried to take her life multiple times, and on one occasion required 70 stitches after cutting herself.

“I’ll never erase the picture of my daughter sitting in her room in a pool of blood with her arms all cut up,” she said in the statement. “The scars (she) has will never heal. It has changed the course of her life forever.”

Swain’s defence lawyer, Joe Killoran, said his client’s family relies on him for his income in the construction industry.

“Mr. Swain is a family man, someone who supports his children, someone who works hard,” Killoran says.

His former common-law partner was at the hearing. Killoran said she, as well as Swain’s new common-law partner, both rely on him financially. Swain’s new wife also has multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, and Killoran says he is her primary caregiver. 

Justice Kent said Swain has shown no remorse for the crime and demonstrated simply anger over his conviction. He was sentenced on only sexual interference of a person under 16. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison less roughly three months already served, as well as two years on probation. He must also surrender a DNA sample for the criminal database and will be a registered sex offender for 20 years.

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