Sexual assault trial adjourned until June

Ryan Ross
Published on March 25, 2014
Sylvain Aritho Amfoubalel, left, walks to court with friend Noel Ayangma Monday, March 24.
Guardian photo by Heather Taweel

A Charlottetown man whose sexual assault trial was supposed to start Monday had his case delayed until June after the defence asked for transcripts of witness statements to police.

Sylvain Aritho Amfoubalela made a brief appearance before Justice Ben Taylor Monday morning in P.E.I. Supreme Court where his case was adjourned to give time to get the statements.

Amfoubalela is charged with assault and sexual assault, but a publication ban prevents the release of any details that could identify the victim.

A preliminary hearing was held in October, at which time provincial court Judge Nancy Orr determined there was enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

Amfoubalela will be back before Taylor on June 2 and his trial is scheduled to last a week.

In 2011, Amfoubalela was at the centre of a lengthy human rights complaint hearing after he alleged he wasn’t hired for a permanent teaching position at École Évangéline because of his race. Both sides eventually settled after the hearing finished.