Rapist won’t have bail revoked despite ‘victim blaming’

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“I think I just found myself so disgusted that people are selling their bodies, jumping into stranger’s vehicles and they pull down their pants and they say touch me,” the rapist told court.

McCluskey argued the public’s confidence in the administration of justice would be eroded if an individual expressing that kind of rape myth would remain free while the judge determined a suitable punishment.

Oka, 56, who holds a law degree according to reports filed as exhibits, pleaded guilty in December 2019 to sexual assault and choking to commit an offence in connection with a June 1996 incident in which he picked up a woman for sex on 10 Avenue S. and took her to a gravel parking lot east of the Stampede grounds.

When the woman got out of his car to urinate, he came up behind her, choked her unconscious and raped her, badly cutting her face on the gravel in the process.

McCluskey said a sentence as high as nine years in a federal prison would be appropriate for the brutal attack.

But Leochko said a 3½ term would be sufficient and with credit for strict bail conditions, his guilty plea and a Charter breach by Blood Tribe police during his arrest, a two-year penitentiary sentence would be appropriate.

The lawyer argued revoking Oka’s bail before he is sentenced to a federal sentence would mean he’d be incarcerated at the Calgary Remand Centre and exposed to a COVID-19 outbreak at the jail.

Stirling said an informed member of the public would not find Oka’s continued liberty to impact their confidence in the system.

“I am satisfied that the reasonably informed member of the public would not have their confidence in the administration undermined by the continued release of this offender,” he said.

KMartin@postmedia.com

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