Taradale residents demand justice in Calgary teen’s brutal rape562 views
Residents of the northeast community of Taradale, most adorned with the number 12 to support the sentence being sought by the Crown, attended the hearing Wednesday of two convicted rapists.
“Anything less than 12 (years) at this point would be … just a disappointment,” said Rachelle Christopher, one of eight people from her community who showed up for court.
Christopher said she drives by the Taradale bus stop where Corey and Cody Manyshots grabbed their victim late on Nov. 14, 2014, dragged her to a nearby alley and raped her.
The brothers then forced the 17-year-old to go with them to their Martindale home, where they repeatedly raped her again over the next eight hours.
She escaped the next morning while her attackers slept.
“Every day when I drive by that bus stop I say a little prayer and I remember,” Christopher said.
“We just want people to feel safer, but at the same time not to be ignorant of the fact that these things can happen to anyone, any time.
“It’s not the victim’s fault.”
Taradale Community Association President Khalil Karbani said his organization supports the position of Crown prosecutors Zailin Lakhoo and Jonathan Hak that the brothers should each be sentenced to 12 years.
Cody, 23, and Corey Manyshots, 27, earlier pleaded guilty to charges of kidnapping, sexual assault causing bodily harm, robbery and uttering death threats.
Their lawyers have submitted sentences much less than 12 years are warranted.
“”We are saying no to a reduced sentence and we are saying no to anything less than 12 years,” Karbani said, following a brief court appearance for the rapists.
Karbani said the circumstances of the two offenders should not take away from the brutal crimes they committed.
“We cannot let our concerns for the assailants outweigh the concerns of the victims for justice to be served,” he said.
Last week, defence lawyers Mitch Stephensen and Alain Hepner asked that their clients’ sentencing hearing be delayed so they can look into the effects mental health issues may have played in the crimes.
The case was in court Wednesday to set a date to continue that hearing.
Hepner told provincial court Judge Terry Semenuk that the day of Nov. 25, has been set aside for further submissions in the case.
Both brothers remain behind bars pending a sentencing decision by the judge.
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