Girl cross examined about alleged sex assault by junior hockey player at Nanaimo trial

Girl cross examined about alleged sex assault by junior hockey player at Nanaimo trial
Kenneth Boychuk is pictured walking to court in Nanaimo on May 28, 2024.

A teenage girl who alleges she was sexually assaulted by a junior hockey player in 2023 was cross-examined for most of the day Thursday at the BC Supreme Court trial.

Kenneth Boychuk, now 19, was playing for the Nanaimo Buccaneers when he allegedly went to the girl’s home and sexually assaulted her in January 2023.

The girl can’t be identified because of a publication ban.

Under questioning by Rory Ziv, Boychuk’s lawyer, the girl admitted she lied to numerous people after the alleged assault.

The girl confirmed she lied to the Buccaneer’s coach when she had told him she had contacted police with the matter when she hadn’t yet laid the complaint.

“I wanted him to take the matter seriously,” she explained.

She confirmed she lied to a family member on the day the incident happened when she said she had consensual sex with Boychuk. When on the stand Monday she explained she initially didn’t want the family member to know what happened.

She also admitted she lied to her father about how she had suffered her lip injury.

When questioned, she also agreed she had lied to friends about the source of her injuries.

When asked about the alleged assault the girl testified she could hear what was happening but she couldn’t move after being struck.

“Do you agree you were not unconscious then?” asked Ziv.

“Yes,” she responded.

On the stand Monday, the girl testified she had blacked out.

Ziv also questioned her about how Boychuk knew where she lived. The girl testified she never told Boychuck her address or invited him over before he showed up at the door of their family home.

She said she believed when she added Boychuk to Snapchat her location finder was on but she turned it off soon after.

“But you don’t know that for sure?” asked Ziv.

“No,” she responded.

When Ziv suggested she gave him her address and invited him over she denied it.

According to the girl, her Snapchat settings meant all texts disappear after 24 hours and her pictures and videos disappear immediately unless immediately saved.

“You didn’t think to save any of the texts after the rape?” asked Ziv.

“No,” said the girl.

Crown Counsel’s Tania Holland is expected to call potentially two witnesses to the stand Friday.

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