CALGARY - Having sex with a 14-year-old girl while also having intercourse with her adult cousin has landed an unrepentant offender a two-year jail term.
Justice Marsha Erb also placed Pascal Gashikanyi on probation for a year during which he will undergo counselling.
In sentencing Gashikanyi on Tuesday, Erb noted the Calgary man still didn’t appreciate the consequences of his actions.
“The pre-sentence report indicates that Mr. Gashikanyi lacks insight into his conduct, has not acknowledged his responsibility and casts himself as a victim of the justice system and the complainant herself,” Erb noted.
But the Court of Queen’s Bench judge said it was clear Gashikanyi’s involvement with his young victim had a negative impact on her, even though she declined to speak to a Crown psychologist.
Dr. Mike Boyes provided a report to the court detailing the effects sexual encounters with older individuals can have on underage victims.
“The complainant was a young individual for whom involvement with Mr. Gashikanyi can be presumed to be harmful,” Erb said.
Crown prosecutor Richelle Freiheit had sought a sentence of at least three years, categorizing the crime as a major sexual assault, but Erb did not find it was.
Defence counsel Tyson Dahlem had pushed for an 18-month term arguing his client didn’t prey on the girl.
Gashikanyi, 34, was convicted of sexual interference for a sexual encounter he had with the girl in July, 2010.
He was driving around the city when he came upon the girl and her 19-year-old cousin at a bus stop and took them to his home where he had sex with both.