On January 27th, 2016, 43-year-old David Robert Hope broke into a Church Ave apartment, sexually assaulted the two University of Victoria students who lived there, then forcefully took them to a bank and robbed them.
Last month, Hope was found guilty of seven charges, including break and enter, unlawful confinement or imprisonment, two counts of sexual assault and two counts of robbery.
Yesterday, he was sentenced to eight years in jail, with credit for 2 years and 11 months of jail time already served – this means he has five years and one month left behind bars.
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After sexually assaulting the two women in their 20s, Hope forced them to go to a nearby bank machine, withdraw cash and give it to him. This is when the girls managed to escape to the Starbucks at Shelbourne Plaza, where staff contacted the police.
After two months of searching, Hope was arrested for his actions in Saskatoon and brought back to Victoria to be tried.
In February 2018, Jean Nadeau, an inmate at the Matsqui Institute in Abbotsford serving a sentence for sexual assault, claimed that he actually committed the crimes that Hope is accused of – but these claims were found to be baseless.
Hope was found guilty of his crimes at a trial late last month.