Harold Cruz Jojo Villaresis was found guilty of one count of sexual assault on Aug. 19 in the Provincial Court of British Columbia. (Black Press File Photo)

Former restaurant owner found guilty of sexual assault

Harold Cruz Jojo Villaresis owned Mai Mai’s in Sooke

Harold Cruz Jojo Villaresis was found guilty of one count of sexual assault on Aug. 19 in the Provincial Court of British Columbia.

In a judgment posted online this week, Judge D.M. McKimm laid out his reasons for finding Villaresis guilty of the assault that took place on May 13, 2018.

The complainant testified that before heading out to celebrate a friend’s birthday she drank a number of alcoholic beverages and then decided to smuggle a mickey of vodka into the nightclub to lessen the cost of the evening.

At the night club the complainant drank a few more drinks with three ounces in them each, adding alcohol from the mickey throughout the night, splitting it equally with a friend.

READ ALSO: Woman gets two years’ probation after having sex with 13-year-old boy

The friend then became ill in the washroom and was escorted out of the premises. The complainant stayed at the nightclub and socialized with other people she had met that evening. Later on she recognized Villaresis, as he owned a local restaurant called Mai Mai’s in Sooke — which has since been sold — and struck up a conversation with him. She had more drinks provided by Villaresis.

At closing time, Villaresis and the complainant decided to walk to Burger King to get chicken nuggets, then they got a cab to his apartment. Shortly after they arrived, she testified that she fell asleep and said that she could not remember what happened next. When she woke up her clothes were off and Villaresis was sexually assaulting her.

READ ALSO: Trailer occupied by missing Plaza Hotel caretaker, not evidence says VicPD

Villaresis testified that upon arrival to his apartment, he asked the complainant if he could give her a massage and then proceeded. He then asked her how she was doing to which she replied “good.” He then testified that he left for five to six minutes to freshen up as he believed that he was going to have intercourse.

When he returned he began assaulting her for 20 to 30 second before she woke up and asked him what he was doing. She insisted he call her a cab.

The complainant then went to her boyfriends house and spent most of the night discussing what had happened and what to do next. Two days later the police were contacted.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 21.



kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Oak Bay High choir director named B.C.’s most outstanding music educator

Choir director joined by Oak Bay High students at annual conference

Skeena combines Roy Henry Vickers’ vibrant expression with robust oral history

Vickers’ and Budd’s ninth collaboration sells out of local book store, Amazon

UPDATED: Missing twins from Saanich found

Jackie Wilson and Valerie Nolin, 54, were last seen Friday afternoon at Tuscany Village

Three VicPD officers honoured with award of valour from Lieutenant Governor

The officers were among 114 BC law enforcement member recognized for bravery and dedication

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

Province argues in B.C. Supreme Court for smudging in schools, says it relates to curriculum

Hearing concludes in case regarding indigenous cultural practice in Vancouver Island classroom

Mosaic Forest Management announces forestry shutdown

Thousands of forestry workers in Coastal B.C. will be affected by ‘curtailment’

Appeal dismissed for B.C. man who assaulted woman in ‘thoroughly modern’ fight over phone

‘Both were seeking evidence of cheating by the other,’ says B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo

University of Victoria threatens any athletes who speak about rowing coach probe

Barney Williams has been accused of harassment and abuse

B.C.’s largest catholic archdiocese names 9 clergymen in sex abuse report; probes ongoing

Vancouver Archdioces presides over 443,000 parishoners in B.C.

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you plan on making any purchases on Black Friday?

We’ve all seen the images. Shoppers rioting outside of a store in… Continue reading

Most Read