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CHATTER: College Street bar owner and manager convicted of sexual assault (Jan. 2020)

January 31st, 2020 · No Comments

The owner and the manager of a now-closed bar on College Street have been convicted of gang sexual assault and administering a stupefying drug to a 24-year-old woman in 2016. The bar where the incident took place was closed shortly after charges were laid.

According to the victim’s recollection of the assault, she asked for two drinks and subsequently started to feel disoriented. At a later point, she accepted a shot of whiskey, another drink, and two lines of cocaine before blacking out. The victim’s name is not being released, due to a publication ban.

Nine hours of video footage from the bar’s security camera show the two men snorting cocaine, drinking, and taking part in multiple sex acts with a woman in various locations throughout the bar. This footage, a key piece of evidence during the trial of this case, shows the woman tripping and struggling to stand up.

Both the bar owner, Gavin MacMillan (age 44), and the manager, Enzo De Jesus Carrasco (age 34), pleaded not guilty to all charges and claim that the sex was entirely consensual.

MacMillan received bail but remains under strict house arrest. Carrasco’s bail was revoked, but he maintains his innocence and his lawyer says they are considering an appeal. Carrasco remains in custody awaiting two other sexual assault trials involving three other women.

A sentencing hearing for the men has been set for the end of January 2020.

—Patricia Mamede, Gleaner News

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