Inuvik, N.W.T., teen gets 3 years for sexual assault

Judge says sentence "lenient" after youth pleads guilty to attacking 71-year-old woman in her home.

18-year-old attacked elderly woman in her home

An Inuvik teen was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for a violent sexual assault on an elderly woman in her home.

Miller Kasook, 18, pleaded guilty to break and enter; choking, suffocating or strangling another person to overcome resistance; forcible confinement and sexual assault.

The victim called Inuvik RCMP after her 18-year-old attacker passed out following the break-in and sexual assault. (CBC)

Last May, Kasook kicked in the back door of a 71-year-old woman’s home and sexually assaulted her.

The woman suffered bruises on her arm and her hip. After the assault she waited in silence until Kasook, who was drunk, passed out. Then she escaped to a neighbour’s house and called police.

The court heard that Kasook came from a broken and abusive home, and that he has diminished capacities due to drug and alcohol abuse, as well as gas sniffing, from the time he was a child. His lawyer cited a doctor’s report indicating Kasook functions at the level of an eight to 10-year-old and cannot read or write.

In court, Kasook said he was sorry and that he cannot control himself when he drinks.

Gorin said that lack of control would be a reason to give Kasook a longer sentence to protect the public. He said another aggravating factor in the crime was that Kasook was on probation at the time of the attack.

Both the prosecutor and defence lawyer suggested a three-year prison sentence was appropriate. Chief Judge Robert Gorin agreed, but at the same time called it lenient.