News

UPDATE: Falconridge rapist found not guilty in alleged Surrey sex assault

Andrew Aurie Jefferson. - Leader file photo
Andrew Aurie Jefferson.
— image credit: Leader file photo

A man dubbed the "Falconridge rapist" after he sexually assaulted two women at knifepoint in Calgary in 2006 has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting and choking a teen in Surrey in 2012.

Andrew Aurie Jefferson's trial on the Surrey charges took place April 14 and 15 in B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. On Wednesday (April 16), the 12-member jury delivered its not-guilty verdict to Judge Paul Pearlman.

During the trial, the alleged victim told the court she had met Jefferson on the online dating site Plenty of Fish in late 2012 when she was 17.

She is now 19. Her identity is shielded by a publication ban.

The teen said she and Jefferson had met up for sex on two days in December 2012, but she alleged that during their second meeting, Jefferson had sexually assaulted her and choked her in his Newton basement suite.

Jefferson, 29, took the stand in his own defence, denying the charges and arguing the pair's encounters were entirely consensual.

"I don't agree that the allegations made happened," he testified.

In April 2006, Jefferson grabbed a 19-year-old woman in the Falconridge neighbourhood of Calgary and raped her. A month later, a 35-year-old woman was dragged to a footpath and raped. Jefferson was convicted in those cases (as well as for assaulting another woman) in 2007 and sentenced to six years in prison.

After being released from jail, he was relocated to Surrey in 2011.

He is currently in jail again in connection with a carjacking in Langley in June 2013 and pleaded guilty to robbery in January of this year. His sentencing on that charge is scheduled for May 6.

The jury in the Surrey case was not privy to details of Jefferson's past convictions or current charges.

Comments are closed

You might like ...

Operation Red Nose ready to hit the road for another season
 
Cloverdale Chamber calls off vote to join Vancouver Board of Trade
 
SLIDESHOW: Step inside the Cloverdale Mall
Home is where her art is
 
Arrests of pipeline protesters in Burnaby signal start of long battle
 
CP Holiday Train stopping in Pitt Meadows
Election 2014: Wright, McIntosh to get $70K for saying bye
 
Ridge economic development manager now on Abby council
 
BC Ferries to cut routes and senior discount, test slot machines between Island-Lower Mainland

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 20 edition online now. Browse the archives.