Lethbridge man facing sexual assault charges

LETHBRIDGE – Lethbridge Police have charged a 33-year-old man in connection with an incident where a woman was sexually assaulted by a man who gave her a ride home and later broke into her residence while she slept.

On the morning of Feb. 8 police responded to a report of a sexual assault. The investigation determined on the night of Feb. 7 an 18-year-old woman attended a bar along the 1200 block of 1 Avenue South with a friend. During the evening the pair met a man and when the 18-year-old suddenly became unwell, he offered to drive her and her friend to their homes. After taking the 18-year-old inside, he left the residence. A short time later he returned, entered the home and sexually assaulted the victim.

The victim was transported to Chinook Regional Hospital for treatment and released later in the day.

Following further investigation, a suspect was identified and arrested. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the male’s home and police recovered evidence related to the offence, including the victim’s cell phone.

Sohil Bindra, 33, of Lethbridge, is charged with housebreaking and commit sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault. He was released from custody by a Justice of the Peace on conditions that he have no contact with the victim or witnesses, not attend within 200 meters of either woman’s home, and is prohibited from attending any licensed premises where the primary business is the sale of alcohol.

Bindra is scheduled to appear in court March 2.

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