A recent Canadian immigrant is facing a lengthy prison sentence followed by an immediate one-way ticket back home after being convicted of raping a female friend.
Manasse Manzila was found guilty Monday of several charges including sexual assault with a weapon and forcible confinement for the February 2013 attack in Winnipeg.
Queen’s Bench Justice Vic Toews rejected Manzila’s claims of innocence. The accused had testified in his own defence at trial, claiming any sex that night was consensual.
"I have serious doubts about the credibility of the accused’s evidence," Toews ruled.
Manzila had recently come to Canada as a refugee, fleeing war-torn Africa with the hopes of getting a fresh start. But he will likely be deported after serving his sentence, which will be determined at a hearing later this year.
Manzila met the victim through a local government program for new immigrant. The woman has also fled from a different refugee camp in Africa, court was told.
The pair struck up a relationship which had been on-again, off-again prior to the attack. But Manzila continued to see her, despite an existing court order that only allowed contact if the woman consented to it.
On the night of the incident, she returned home from work where Manzila was waiting. She described how he forced her into the bedroom, tied her up with restraints and then raped her while choking her. He also assaulted her with a small wooden object and a broomstick, court was told.
She called 911 after fleeing the residence and was treated at hospital for injuries.
"She did not consent to have sex with the accused," Toews said in reading his verdict Monday.