Minimum sentence: Dugbeh will make his arguments heard
Blessing Dugbeh will be making her case in court next November to avoid the five-year minimum sentence she faces for a group sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl in Sherbrooke.
Dugbeh believes that the minimum prison sentence that must be imposed on him as a result of the guilty verdict against him for gang rape is “cruel and unusual”.
On November 26, the sentence will be pleaded by his lawyer Guy Plourde, the criminal prosecutor Me Marilène Laviolette, but also the Attorney General of Quebec.
Detained since his arrest in April 2018, Blessing Dugbeh must have been sentenced to minimum jail time because he was convicted of sexual assault in a group of persons under 16 years of age. This temporary detention is calculated in time and a half.
In addition to gang rape, the 21-year-old man was found guilty of sexual contact on a minor, incitement to sexual touching a minor for the events of February 12, 2017 as well as death threats and criminal harassment. between February and April 2018.
Dugbeh wishes to invoke section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to invalidate the minimum five-year sentence imposed on him.
During the acts in question, the victim repeated that she did not consent to sexual acts. The judge found that the victim testified that two guys grabbed her hands and that Dugbeh took her head by forcing him to give him a blowjob.
The judge described the events for which Dugbeh was convicted as troubling.
Dugbeh was also convicted of death threats for putting on his Snapchat story a message with a pistol and the message “We do not call 911, we use” with two rifle emoticons.
Blessing Dugbeh did not testify at his trial.
Blessing Dugbeh has also set October 16 as the time when he will set the date for his trial for the other serious, life-threatening sexual assault charges against him.
Following the guilty verdict against him, Dugbeh was charged with serious, life-threatening sexual assault on three alleged minor victims
Dugbeh has waived his release investigation into the charges for these alleged acts between May 2016 and September 2017.
These charges, involving three teenage girls under the age of 16, also include minimum five-year sentences for each of the alleged victims.
The evidence at the 21-year-old man’s trial in March revealed he was HIV-positive, which is why he was accused of putting the alleged victims at risk.