TRU student convicted of sexual assault

Joyonto Joy will return to court on March 25 for sentencing.

A Thompson Rivers University student who sexually assaulted a fellow student during a small party in 2017 will not be sentenced until later this year.

Joyonto Joy, 21, was convicted last week following a trial in B.C. Supreme Court.

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Joy and the victim, who was in her early 20s at the time, met in August 2017 when she began renting a room at an off-campus home shared by Joy and a friend.

The woman’s identity is protected by a court-ordered ban on publication.

On Aug. 23, 2017, eight days after the woman moved in, the three roommates decided to throw a small party and began drinking vodka.

In court, the woman said she rejected Joy’s sexual advances, but said he carried on. She said she at some point found herself naked in Joy’s bed. When she pushed back against him, she said, he covered her mouth and carried on. 

Joy claimed he rejected advances made by the woman. He said he was “not interested” in engaging in sex with the woman, arguing she was not his type. He claimed the pair did not have sex.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley called the case “a classic he-said, she-said” in ruling Joy forced himself on the woman.

“Mr. Joy says he allowed [the woman] to pull down his sweatpants,” Dley said. 

“It defies logic he would do so if he was not interested. Despite her drunkenness, I accept that [the woman] did not participate in consensual intercourse with Mr. Joy.”

Lawyers will return to court on March 25 for sentencing.

Joy remains free on bail. His status as a student at TRU is not known.

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