Former Pitt Meadows city councilor prosecuted for sexual assault – Maple Ridge News

Former Pitt Meadows city councilor David Murray faces trial over his victim in sexual assault.

In 2017, Murray was convicted of sexually assaulting a teenager in 1992 and sentenced to nine months in prison.

“The trajectory of my life was definitely changed the day he assaulted me,” the complainant said in a statement released by her lawyer. A publication ban protects his identity.

“I will spend my life unraveling all the ways the assault has hurt me. He only spent four months in prison. It is not fair. I am grateful that the criminal trial gave me the opportunity to say out loud what he did to me and lay him at his feet where he needs to be, but it was not fair. The damage he caused me was not taken into account in his conviction. In a civil action, he will have to answer for the harm he has caused.

The notice of civil suit was filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Vancouver.

He says Murray cared for the complainant for weeks by buying her clothes and dinners. She was 13 or 14 and got her first job at her sports memorabilia business, Tiger Sports in Port Coquitlam.

The Pitt Meadows resident complained to police in 2015. The complaint states that during the police investigation, Murray hired a private investigator to follow up and befriend the complainant, “earning her trust and s ‘infiltrate her personal life for about six to nine months, exacerbating the complainant’s psychological symptoms. . “

The court ordered the destruction of the tapes and transcripts of Murray’s private investigator.

The claim states that the claimant suffered in many ways including PTSD, depression, nightmares, suicide attempts, sexual dysfunction, addiction, and loss of enjoyment of life. Many of these injuries are ongoing, according to the claim.

“In this case, a criminal conviction has already been obtained. The purpose of criminal prosecution is to punish the offender. In criminal proceedings, the complainant is not a party to the action and is not represented. They really have no control over the process, ”said plaintiff lawyer Janelle O’Connor of Murphy Battista LLP.

“On the other hand, the aim of civil proceedings is to compensate for the damage suffered. In civil sexual abuse cases, damages are often awarded for pain and suffering, the cost of past or future care, and loss of income resulting from the abuse. My client has borne the psychological and financial burden of this abuse for far too many years. “

“The empowerment of the complainant is a huge advantage of the civil justice system over the criminal justice system in sexual assault complaints.”

Murray was elected to city council in 2011. During his career, he served as secretary-treasurer of CUPE Fraser Valley District Labor Council.

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