Hajj Soleiman is accused of six counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual interference on six minor girls. The charges stem from a series of gropings and assaults that took place during the late evening hours of February 4th 2017, at Edmonton's World Water Park wave pool.
Court opened today with the testimony of a completely unrelated bystander - a man who tried to be a good Samaritan when he saw some frightened girls.
The man was at the waterpark with his family when he noticed a man he said was “acting strange”.
He testified that he noticed a man put his goggles on his head and stare straight ahead at a group of five or six teenage girls as the waves came in.
The witness said “it seemed very odd what he was doing. I looked at the girls and they seemed very concerned”
The witness said he made eye contact with one of the girls, motioning for them to move closer towards him. The girls did, but the accused followed them anyway.
The witness told the prosecutor, “As a father, all of my ‘dad feelings’ were that something was not right.”
The witness said he reported this odd behaviour from the incident to a lifeguard at approximately 8:30 or 9 p.m. and identified the accused as the man he reported to lifeguards.
Court resumes at 9:30 am tomorrow, with testimony from a supervisory lifeguard.