Charges laid in North Cowichan home invasion, sexual assault

Charges laid in North Cowichan home invasion, sexual assault
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Police say one man was arrested on Oct. 31 following a break-and-enter and sexual assault in North Cowichan.

Police say a 34-year-old man is facing multiple charges after a reported home invasion and sexual assault in the North Cowichan area.

Early in the morning on Oct. 27, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP received a 911 call about an interrupted break-and-enter in the Municipality of North Cowichan.

Police said officers were in the area within minutes but did not locate a man who had allegedly fled from the home.

According to police, further investigation revealed the break-and-enter suspect had allegedly sexually assaulted a person inside the home.

On Halloween night, North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP carried out a search warrant at a residence in the 3200-block of Moorfield Road in Duncan to search for evidence. The suspect was also arrested.

Kamal Bhoondpaul has been charged with sexual assault with a weapon, break and enter and commit, theft and uttering threats. Police said Bhoondpaul is known to them and remains in custody. They also believe he acted alone and the incident was an isolated event.

In order to protect the victims’ identity and in the interests of her safety and privacy, police said the location of the break-and-enter will not be disclosed.

“Public safety was a primary concern and a vast number of resources were used to advance the investigation as quickly as possible. While Bhoondpaul has been arrested, the investigation is continuing to ensure all available evidence required to support a successful prosecution has been gathered,” police said in a statement.


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