Crown, defence suggest 18-month sentence for man who sexually assaulted mom, daughter

Wesley West was described in court as having a “chaotic” upbringing and "suffering from the intergenerational effects of the residential school system.”

A Kamloops man who molested a nine-year-old girl before sexually assaulting her mother should be jailed for 18 months, a judge has been told.

Wesley West, 32, has pleaded guilty to one count each of sexual interference of a person under 16 and sexual assault stemming from an incident in a North Shore apartment on March 27, 2019.

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Court heard West was one of a number of people gathered at the house for a small party when the host fell asleep on a recliner in the living room. Her three children were sleeping in a nearby bedroom.

Crown prosecutor Tim Livingston said West entered the bedroom and groped a nine-year-old girl under her clothes.  He then went into the living room and attempted to perform oral sex on the woman sleeping on the recliner. She woke up and told him to stop.

Livingston said the woman called police the next day.

West, who is First Nations, was described in court as having a “chaotic” upbringing. Livingston described him as someone “suffering from the intergenerational effects of the residential school system.”

Court heard West had been released from prison following a sentence for a previous sexual assault less than a month before the March incident.

In pitching an 18-month joint submission, Livingston and defence lawyer John Gustafson said West hopes to seek sex offender treatment in prison.

“There needs to be a lengthy enough jail sentence in this case to allow for treatment, but also to not lose sight of the fact that Mr. West is still a relatively young man,” Livingston said. “Rehabilitation is not off the table at this point.”

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Len Marchand is expected to sentence West on Friday, Jan. 31.

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