Peter Jacob Enoil Hoyles will spend the better part of the next three years in jail for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the summer of 2011 in Cormack.
Hoyles, 34, was sentenced in Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador in Corner Brook by Justice David Hurley on Monday afternoon on two counts of sexual assault and one count of uttering threats.
Hoyles appeared via video conference from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s.
He has been in custody since Jan. 24. A sentencing hearing took place on March 6 and sentencing had been set for April 2, but was postponed on two separate occasions before being set to Monday.
Hoyles had also been charged with kidnapping the girl, but that charge along with one count of dangerous driving from October 2011 and two counts of breach of probation had been dismissed during an earlier court appearance. Two charges of sexual interference were stayed.
In reading out the facts in the case, Hurley said the victim had been away from Cormack for part of the summer and at around mid-afternoon on the day of the first sexual assault was walking to a friend’s house. He said she was anxious to see her friend again.
Hoyles pulled up beside her in his vehicle and asked if she wanted a ride. The girl knew him and felt she could trust him.
However, Hoyles drove past the friend’s house and when the girl told him that was where she had to get out he didn’t respond. She figured he was just going to turn around and wasn’t concerned at first.
But Hoyles didn’t turn around, instead he took her to a secluded location outside town. After getting out of the vehicle he went around to the passenger side and opened the door and released the girl’s seatbelt. He positioned her on the seat and pulled up her shirt and touched her breasts. He then pulled down her pants and had vaginal intercourse with her.
After that Hoyles took the girl back to her home where she said she had a shower because she felt dirty.
A few days later Hoyles approached the girl again in his vehicle and told her to get in. She said no and walked away, but he followed her and threatened to harm her family.
Scared, the girl got in the vehicle and Hoyles drove to a secluded spot where he had vaginal intercourse with her again.
Hurley said despite being found guilty that Hoyles continues to maintain his innocence and shows not remorse or empathy for his victim.
In a victim impact statement Hurley quoted the girl as saying, “I was only 14 years old when this horrible thing happened to me.”
She talks of trying hard to put the incidents behind her and how she’s had to have counselling to get over a walking by herself and vehicles approaching her.
She’s had depressive episodes and panic attacks.
The girl wrote that she has gone through so much over the past while that she feels part of her growing up years have been taken from her.
She said the incidents should not be part of her memory. “Should never have happened,” she wrote said Hurley.
In handing down sentence, Hurley said it should not exceed what is just and appropriate. He said the sexual assault was a forced one, but did not involve violence.
And he said a sentence must indicate to the offender and society that such incidents will not be tolerated.
Hurley sentenced Hoyles to three years on each of the sexual assault charges and 60 days on the uttering threats charge. He ordered the sentences be served concurrently and that Hoyles be given credit for the time served since January.