By Joe Fries
The victim of an alleged sexual assault told police she thought she may have been set up by a friend, Kelowna.com has learned.
Charged in relation to the offence is Alfons Schoenherr, 60. He was arrested at his home on the evening of Jan. 25, 2010 after Kelowna RCMP executed a search warrant there. He’s charged with sexual assault, unlawful confinement and robbery.
Details of the alleged offence are laid out in the application RCMP Const. Mike Hamilton made to a judicial justice of the peace earlier that day to obtain the search warrant for 1457 Alta Vista Drive. Hamilton said he went to Kelowna General Hospital that morning after a nurse called police to say a patient reported that she had been sexually assaulted.
The female patient, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, is a resident at a local transition house. In a statement made at the hospital, she told Hamilton that she accompanied another house resident on a trip downtown late on the afternoon of Jan. 24 to buy crack cocaine.
According to the complainant, once downtown, the two bought and used crack cocaine, then organized another deal with two men in an older-model sedan. At that point, the other woman “bolted,” while one of the men allegedly “guided” the victim into the car. She told Hamilton she was then driven to a house somewhere east of Bernard Avenue near Gordon Drive.
Once inside, she went into the suspect’s room, at which point she said he became “physically rough.” The room, she noted, contained a bed with blood on it – but no sheets – and piles of garbage.
He then allegedly forced oral sex and vaginal intercourse on her for what she thought may have been a period of four hours. She told the cop she was forced to strip and compelled to inject herself with morphine. She also said she was not allowed to leave and at some point was threatened with death.
Later, the suspect allegedly told her, “You can go now,” and she left the residence on foot. She returned to the transition house the next morning, and a staff member then took her to the hospital.
The victim was later able to direct another police officer to the house at 1457 Alta Vista Drive, where she said the attack happened, and she also picked the suspect out of a photo lineup, according to the warrant application.
It was done up as a search warrant because police were told they could find the victim’s driver’s licence, as well as the syringes she said she used to inject herself, at the home. She said the suspect took her driver’s licence and money from her. Those needles and ID were seen as key pieces of evidence.
While the victim told police she thought she may have been set up by the woman with whom she went downtown on the afternoon in question, that woman seemed to deny it. In her statement to police, she said they each bought crack cocaine and then went behind a church to smoke it. The woman said when she finished smoking, she looked up and the victim was gone.
Schoenherr’s next court appearance is set for Feb. 11.
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