Laval University break-in suspect now facing 12 charges

Thierno-Oury Barry, an international student at the school, is facing charges including breaking and entering and committing a criminal act, in this case sexual assault.

International student Thierno-Oury Barry facing charges including breaking and entering with intent

Thierno-Oury Barry, a 19-year-old international student at Laval University, is facing 12 charges in relation to a series of alleged break-ins and sexual assaults at one of the school's residences. (Facebook)

The main suspect in series of alleged break-ins and sexual assaults at Laval University is now facing 12 charges.

Thierno-Oury Barry, a 19-year-old international student born in Ivory Coast, appeared in court Wednesday and is now facing the following charges:

  • Four charges of breaking and entering and committing a criminal act, specified as sexual assault.
  • Six charges of breaking and entering with the intention to commit a criminal act.
  • Two charges of attempting to break and enter.

The Crown says the 12 charges pertain to 12 different victims.

Barry was a new student at the school. He was pursuing a bachelor's degree in economics.

He was originally charged with breaking and entering last Saturday, but the Crown says that charge has been absorbed by the new charges.

Crown spokesperson René Verret said they chose to include the sexual assault charge with the break and enter charge because if convicted, Barry faces life in prison. If convicted of sexual assault, the maximum sentence is 10 years.

Barry will remain in custody until his bail hearing, which is scheduled for Nov. 4.

The charges come after Quebec City police received at least 15 complaints about a man who had come into their rooms at a student residence in the middle of the night nearly two weeks ago

Another suspect was interrogated by police but released on a promise to appear. Both men were expelled during the legal proceedings.