Man who sexually assaulted sleeping victim while on bail sentenced

A Behchoko man convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping victim in her early teens while out on bail for another sexual assault received a 4-year, nine month sentence in NWT Supreme Court. Forty-two-year-old Peter John Lafferty, who previously pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault, hung his head as Justice Louise Charbonneau handed down...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at