Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Girl Sues Her Family for Brutal Beating

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Man Convicted of Sexually Assaulting Girl Sues Her Family for Brutal Beating

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Convicted man sues girl's family for assault

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. - A New Brunswick man who sexually assaulted an underage girl is now suing her family and friends for brutally beating him.

The man's lawyer, David Lutz, says it was not up to the girl's family or other vigilantes to punish the man -- that's the job of the courts.

"He ran afoul of the law by being involved sexually with this young woman, and the court punished him. And it was not for other people, be it her family or unknown vigilantes," Lutz said.

In a statement of claim filed with the Court of Queen's Bench, the man is seeking compensation for numerous injuries including a broken nose, concussion, two black eyes and cuts to his ear and finger in a September 2015 attack.

The lawsuit doesn't give details of the criminal case, but a New Brunswick newspaper reported that the man pleaded guilty to summary sexual assault and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which he could serve on weekends.

The Telegraph-Journal says the girl's mother and three men were all sentenced for their roles in the attack on the man.

There is a publication ban on the names of all of the individuals involved in the case.

The statement of claim says the man was lured to a home where he was greeted with a punch to the face with a closed fist.

It says when he tried to retreat, two more men joined in the attack and a knife was held to his throat and he was told that his jugular would be cut if he tried to move.

The document says he did try to escape and was cut on the index finger before the three men "caught him and dragged him into a detached garage, wherein they confined and attacked (the man) for 30 to 45 minutes."

The statement of claim says one man brandished a propane torch and threatened to burn off one of the victim's body parts, and later repeatedly struck the victim in the head with the propane tank. …

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