Langford, Surrey assaults net 8-year sentence

Bradley Michael Muscat of Surrey sentence after a pair of assaults

Bradley Michael Muscat of Surrey has been sentenced to a total of eight years for a pair of attacks that included a brutal sexual assault of a woman on the Galloping Goose Trail in Langford in 2014.

Crown prosecutor Ruth Picha said Muscat, 21, who was arrested in Surrey in October of 2014 and had pleaded guilty to two counts involving aggravated assault, could spend more than six more years behind bars.

“This is a significant sentence for someone who has no prior criminal history,” Picha told the Gazette after last week’s sentencing. “However, I was asking for 10 years, (but) the judge took everything into consideration and gave a very learned ruling.”

Previous admissions of fact stated that Muscat held a sharp object to the neck of a West Shore woman who was walking home along Jacklin Road in the early hours of June 26, 2014. After a struggle, he forced her onto the Galloping Goose Trail, raped her and stole her phone.

Included in the ruling on that aggravated sexual assault was the aggravated assault of a sex-trade worker in Surrey in August of 2014. The admission of fact stated that he hit the woman in the head, stabbed her in the side and back and stole from her more than $500 in cash.

The sex worker eventually stabbed Muscat with a knife pulled from her bra. He was arrested after going to a hospital for treatment, having matched a description given to police by the sex worker, and was released on bail.

West Shore RCMP investigators later considered Muscat a suspect in the Langford attack. Officers travelled to Surrey, where they matched DNA from an empty beer can he had discarded to evidence taken from the Langford victim.

He still had her cell phone in his bathrobe when police arrested him.

alim@goldstream gazette.com

Just Posted

Island Corridor Foundation optimistic about restoring rail service

If green-lighted, first priority would be Langford to Victoria route

Students schooled on West Shore RCMP

Presentations cover different elements of policing

Passenger passes out on a bus in Sooke

Man was revived and was alert and coherent

Federal environment minister faces protesters in Saanich

Catherine McKenna defended her government’s environmental record

Food service workers at Victoria airport protest for second time in four months

Negotiations continue to drag on with employer Compass Group Canada, VAA refuses to engage

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Canadians more prepared for weather disaster than financial one: poll

RBC recommends people check their bank app as often as the weather app

B.C. dog owner sues after pet killed in beaver trap

A Kamloops man is suing the operator of a trapline north of the city after his dog died

Heading soccer balls can cause damage to brain cells: UBC study

Roughly 42 per cent of children in the country play soccer, according to statistics from Heritage Canada

Supreme Court hears case on migrant detainees’ rights to challenge incarceration

Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review.

Canada Post issues new offer to employees as eBay calls on Ottawa to end strikes

Ebay is calling on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute, warning that quick action is needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on critical Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

No G20 member has climate plan strong enough to meet Paris targets: report

Canada’s push to be a world leader in the fight against climate change may be hampered by its distinction for producing the most greenhouse gas emissions per person among the world’s 20 largest economies.

Federal and provincial government spend more dough on ecological ‘Timbits’

Ottawa and Victoria spend $14.65 million completing conservation area in southeastern B.C.

Talent show: B.C. girl, 8, memorizes entire periodic table

Grade 4 student Maya Lakhanpal heads to B.C. talent show finals with unique talent

Most Read