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.