Man pleads guilty to assault on teenaged girl

Assault took place during one of the most violent weekends in Penticton's history

A teenaged girl was among the victims during one of the worst weekends for assaults against women in Penticton’s history.

Over a span of nine days in 2011, leading up to and including the August long weekend, Penticton RCMP made several arrests ranging from charges of sexual assault, prostituting a child, forcible confinement and others.

Ali Tahmouresifard was in Penticton with friends from the Lower Mainland to take in Peachfest when he was arrested for sexual assault on July 31, 2011. He pled not guilty last week in the Penticton courthouse, but guilty to simple assault.

Crown counsel Debra Pope said two Penticton teens were intoxicated when they met Tahmouresifard in a local park. They were invited to the Stardust Motel, where he was staying, and they proceeded to consume more alcohol.

At one point during the evening the 15-year-old girl became unruly and her friend suggested she lay down on one of the beds in the hotel room. The door remained open at all times and her friend was checking in on her. Pope said Tahmouresifard climbed into the bed with the girl wearing just his boxers.

The 15-year-old girl, who only had flashes of memory of what happened and is believed to have blacked out for part of that evening, said she could recall being kissed by Tahmouresifard and then touched under and on top of her sundress.

In her statement to RCMP, the girl said Tahmouresifard got on top of her and she remembered telling him to stop and pushed him but was too intoxicated to get away. She also told the man she was on her period, which she believed frustrated him. The girl’s friend also saw some of this happening and told the man to leave her alone but Crown counsel said it was to no avail. The 15-year-old eventually got sick on the man’s bed, and when Tahmouresifard became verbally abusive the girls left.

“(The 15-year-old) tripped and because she was wearing a dress her friend noticed she didn’t have her bikini bathing suit bottoms on,” said Pope.

David Millburn, defence council for the man, told the court Tahmouresifard had been at a nightclub that evening and was intoxicated when he left. He said as he was walking back to his hotel he got lost and stumbled upon two young women who told him they were 18 years old. He asked one of them to friend him on Facebook, which later helped RCMP identify the man.

“The complainant advised she was 18 and that is backed up by the statement given by her friend to the RCMP. She looked to be 18 and her friend also thought she was 18. A 15-year-old cannot give consent, but my client made all reasonable requests to find her age,” said Millburn.

Defence said the girls showed Tahmoursifard to his hotel and came up to his room where they consumed vodka together and continued to hang out after the man’s friends returned from the nightclub.

He admits to laying down in the bed wearing boxers and a T-shirt and said things escalated quickly from kissing to what he thought was consensual touching. The man also said he removed the girl’s underwear with her assistance and stopped when she mentioned her period.

A pre-sentence report was requested by the defence and Tahmoursifard is expected to be sentenced by Judge Gail Sinclair in March.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ponderosa Primary Care Centre in Penticton is considered a model for care clinics going forward by the South Okanagan Division of Family Practice. (Monique Tamminga)
Primary Care Clinic funding could be a cure for South Okanagan Similkameen doctor shortage

Ponderosa Primary Care Centre in Penticton is a model for future care clinics and doctor recruitment

Interior Health reported two more COVID-19 deaths at Sunnybank Retirement Center in Oliver Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (File photo)
COVID-19 claims two more lives of Sunnybank Retirement Centre residents

Five residents of the Oliver care home have died since the outbreak was first declared

A sign indicating a COVID-19 testing site is displayed inside a parking garage in West Nyack, N.Y., Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The site was only open to students and staff of Rockland County schools in an effort to test enough people to keep the schools open for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
4 more deaths, 54 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

This brings the total to 66 deaths in the region

Okanagan Clinical Trials is looking at gut bacteria as a way of slowing down the development of Alzheimer’s. (Alzheimer Society of B.C. photo)
Okanagan study looking for volunteers of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

The study is looking at how gut bacteria may help slow the disease

Penticton City Hall. (File photo)
City of Penticton seeking grants to fund public washroom improvements

The grant would fund washrooms at Gyro Park and Riverside Park

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

Vernon’s Barb and Denis Murdoch, pictured at Lake Louise in 1987, will be inducted into the builder category of the B.C. Volleyball Hall of Fame, Class of 2021, on Feb. 15. (Murdoch family photo)
North Okanagan volleyball couple earn Hall of Fame call

Denis and Barb Murdoch will be inducted into B.C. Volleyball Hall of Fame in builder category

Eagle River Secondary Grade 9 student Cody Hutchinson spearheaded the Digital Detox Challenge in which participants will give up their cell phones during school days for two weeks straight. (Contributed)
Sicamous student challenges himself, peers to go nine school days cell phone free

Cody Hutchinson hopes Digital Detox Challenge will give students opportunity to reconnect

This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML
B.C. ramping up screening for faster-spreading COVID-19 ‘variants of concern’

B.C. has sequenced about 11,000 COVID-positive samples since last February

Vernon Fire Rescue Services responded to reports of a structure fire on Valleyview Place Jan. 26, 2021. (Brendan Shykora - Vernon Morning Star)
Fire snuffed in Vernon home

No visible smoke, flames from area of reported structure fire

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
Canadian, American rescue crews searching for missing aircraft in waters near Victoria

The search is centered around the waters northeast of Port Angeles

Kevin Lee Barrett pleaded guilty to the aggravated assault of his mother Eleanor Holmes on Tuesday, Jan. 26. (File)
West Kelowna man who beat his mom could be sentenced up to 9 years

Kevin Barrett entered a surprise guilty plea to the lesser charge of aggravated assault on Tuesday morning

Keygan Power with brother Quintin and mom Allison while camping the weekend before Keygan’s brain hemorrhage on Aug. 2, 2020. (Photo Allison Power)
B.C. teen ‘locked inside,’ battling to regain speech after severe brain bleed

16-year-old suffers traumatic loss of function, still plays a mean game of chess

Vernon now has an approved 13 cannabis shops in town. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon, the ‘Pot capital of B.C.’ greenlights two new stores downtown

Two more shops, within 240 metres, approved, despite neighbouring businesses opposition

Most Read