February 02, 2018

Edmonton Mall sexual assault trial: Child victim “suffers anxiety”, worries accused will get set free (Day 10)

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show


Syrian refugee Soleiman Hajj Soleiman is standing trial for six counts of sexual interference and another six counts of sexual assault, against six minor victims all girls under the age of 16.

Charges stem from a series of groping and sexual assaults at Edmonton’s World Waterpark wave pool February 4th 2017.

CBC finally sent a reporter back into the courtroom for the tenth, and final day of testimony.

Yesterday and again this morning, we heard testimony from supervisory lifeguards who both identified the accused as the man the victims pointed out to them at the water park that day.

Yesterday afternoon, court also heard from yet another child victim.

The young girl, 15 now, said she was in the wave pool that day when a man with a beard, wearing blue goggles and blue shorts, came behind her and pulled her leg towards him.

The same man pulled her by the waist and grabbed her behind. She swam away from him but she watched as he kept looking under the water at the bodies of other girls making her feel “weird and disgusted.” She left the wave pool to ride the slides but eventually came back.

Her testimony then turned very graphic as she described the next two times the man she identified as the accused had contact with her in the wave pool.

The child told the social worker in her videotaped statement that she suffers from anxiety and she worries that the man will be set free.

The lead detective was recalled for cross-examination by the defence where she faced questions about why a formal photo lineup was not done during the investigation.

The crown completed their case today and the defence chose not to submit any evidence.

Court resumes April 17th, when Judge Lester will hear oral arguments.

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commented 2018-02-10 01:43:33 -0500
TAMMIE PUTINSKI-ZANDBELT commented 2018-02-03 23:36:12 -0500
Where justice fails, community justice may just prevail!
Indeed, Tammie. It may be time to get the rusty tin can lid out for some MGM. Its a cultural thing, don’t you know.
commented 2018-02-07 14:12:56 -0500
Thanks for the even-handed report, Sheila. I hope you’re back in court to cover the final arguments in April. Unlike most of the paranoid doubters who post here, I predict he will be convicted and given a severe sentence – at least a couple of years behind bars, and a decade of close supervision with strict conditions and counselling after that. Deportation is unlikely, given the situation in Syria, and I doubt Lebanon would take him. Still, I have some niggling questions: What happened to the blue bathing suit? Why isn’t it in evidence? Matching it to the video would make the case airtight. And why didn’t the police carry out a line-up, precisely to prevent this type of mistaken identity defense?
commented 2018-02-05 01:52:46 -0500
What happens with the second offence.??
commented 2018-02-05 01:12:30 -0500
Notice how some stories are Troll free? They are willfully ignorant.
commented 2018-02-05 01:11:47 -0500
As others have said he will walk free or get next to nothing. I hope his next assault victim is armed or well trained or has a dad nearby.
commented 2018-02-04 20:18:29 -0500
I wonder if Justin is writing a cheque for the Syrian to make up for his embarrassment of going through the trial.
commented 2018-02-04 09:01:28 -0500
- The guy needs to me made an example of. Given our courts I doubt that will happen.
commented 2018-02-03 23:36:12 -0500
Where justice fails, community justice may just prevail!
commented 2018-02-03 22:43:24 -0500
Is there any doubt Soleiman is guilty? Is there any doubt he will be found guilty and get minimum punishment? Letters of apology, counselling, sensitivity training, probation, restrictions on contacting the plaintiff victims, tongue lashing from the judge, poetry classes with the returning travellers fighting with ISIS. The possibilities are endless and the judge will make a mockery of the entire proceedings. I bet the judge has a conceal carry permit just in case he hands out a sentence that is unacceptable to the local allahu akbar gang.
commented 2018-02-03 16:53:18 -0500
Disturbing. I fear the victim may be right that this pervert will be set free. The lack of interest by other media seems to indicate this……that and they are looking for their taxpayer funded bailout by Jihadi Justin!
commented 2018-02-03 12:22:08 -0500
No doubt to the pro M-103 (soon to be law) crowd, this incident is likely a clear cut case of Canadian Islamaphobia. I suspect Iman Trudeau is breathlessly standing by with a tear soaked apology and just itching to cut a taxpayer funded check for Solieman.
commented 2018-02-03 10:34:59 -0500
Off topic: Trudeau was asked during a Town Hall meeting about what he will do to protect Canadians from ISIS fighters here in Canada, now and in the coming years….his answer was astounding & disgusting!
ISIS Question = Refugee Answer = Crowd Applause = WTF!!! Uploaded by Steeper 33 Feb.2/18
commented 2018-02-03 02:57:43 -0500
Worries that he will walk?

It is a done deal – that the evil islamic will indeed walk.

The justice system is dead.

It is a politically correct legal system that supports islam.

Never doubt that.

The government of Canada has ensured that will happen.
commented 2018-02-02 23:34:42 -0500
Weakest defence I have seen in ages. So weak, I wouldn’t be even slightly surprised if, in the event of a conviction, the “cultural differences” issue suddenly pops up front and centre during sentencing considerations. Yes, Mr. Soleiman, by all means. Go right ahead and insult the intelligence of Canadians AGAIN.
This guy knew bloody well that what he was doing was against Canadian law and if he doesn’t end up in a Canadian jail I look forward to rioting in Canadian streets.
commented 2018-02-02 23:19:08 -0500
Let me start by saying that had this waste of breathing air done this to one of our daughters or grand daughters, he would have possibly not made it to trial. OK….most definitely not made it to trial!
Why has child services not removed the kids from the home? If this sewer scum will do this in public, imagine what the kids or even his wife have to undure behind closed doors. You have to know had this been a Christian that this low life’s fate of the children would be different.
On a side note, under the new sex Ed curriculum, these kids would have been aware of this type of advances from deviant predators like him. Let that sink in for a moment.
commented 2018-02-02 21:49:07 -0500
Sheila, your coverage of this trial is very important, I thank you.
commented 2018-02-02 21:46:33 -0500
If this Sexual Degenerate doesn’t get and serve at least 5 years I won’t be surprised. I’m sure he was having a Culturally recognized Sexual Emergency and he had no idea that those young girls didn’t want him groping them. Yet they demonstrated their racist tendencies by making a fuss because of their lack of tolerance the court will of course issue a full apology and Little Trudie Tater Tot will cut him a cheque for a trifle 10.5 million to help alleviate some of the pain he suffered undergoing this injustice.
commented 2018-02-02 21:34:47 -0500
Kent Hehr can make verbal comments to adult women on an elevator and he gets more coverage than these poor little girls, whose lives have been severely affected by this sexual pervert.

Let’s hope the judge is as smart as the female judge in the US gymnastic team sex/pedophile case.

Sheila, your coverage of this story IS making a difference.
commented 2018-02-02 21:15:02 -0500
All judges are left leaning. Pierre E Trudeau saw to that..
Without a complete restructuring of our governing system we are doomed.
Hopefully some western justice will be applied to this individual if he’s allowed to walk and maybe the judge deserves the same treatment as well if he lets this dangerous man loose on our society.
If he is set free and offends again the judge as well as other tiers in the system should be held directly responsible.!!
commented 2018-02-02 19:54:40 -0500
Keith, how do you know that the judge is left leaning Sheila has never said, plus there could be a jury.
commented 2018-02-02 19:49:22 -0500
No evidence from the defence. This screams legal aid that also knows that the Crown has an open and shut case. Now if his lawyer is legal aid and probily is, and if funding is simular in Alberta as in New Brunswick, that means trial by judge alone. If so I hope that the judge is as blue as the trunks. Shelia can you confirm if this is a trial by jury or trial by judge. If by jury, what is your take on the jury also what do you know about the judge. Is the judge known to be more conservative or liberal?
commented 2018-02-02 19:11:34 -0500
Deport him and his family.
commented 2018-02-02 18:53:43 -0500
This pervert must be put away !!!!
Let’s follow up on the c b c ‘s report of this
I hope it’s warm for you in ISREAL
commented 2018-02-02 18:53:20 -0500
This pervert will walk free, the Liberal Judge will not want to upset his Master, namely Trudeau. The accused had a hair cut and shave, this proves that he is innocent. Ask the Liberal / Muslim controlled Law Court, who make up the rules as they go along.