Two mixed martial artist fighters from British Columbia facing charges related to an alleged sexual assault in Halifax over the weekend have made bail, but with conditions.
Garry Christopher Peak, 32, and James Christopher Hanson, 27, both from Prince George, are each charged with aggravated sexual assault and forcible confinement.
During a show cause hearing yesterday at Halifax provincial court, the judge set bail for the two at $10,000, with each also having to show they have the money collected before being released. The two were sent back to jail last night and are back in court today to prove they have the money.
As part of their bail conditions, both men have also been ordered to have no contact with the victims, but are able go back to their homes in B.C. They also must comply with a nightly curfew of 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are not to be in possession of any prohibited weapons.
Peak, who competes under the name Chris Peak, is a mixed martial artist who was in town Saturday to compete in the main event of Extreme Cage Combat 10 against Fairview’s Roger Hollett at the Halifax Forum. Peak lost by submission in the opening round.
Hanson is also a mixed martial arts competitor, but wasn’t competing in the show. A source tells Metro Hanson worked Peak’s corner in the fight.
Const. Paul Palmeter of Halifax Regional Police said the two men met two women at a bar in downtown Halifax after the fight, then headed to a hotel in nearby Dartmouth.
One of the men allegedly prevented the younger woman from leaving, but she eventually escaped and called for help, Palmeter said. The older woman later told police the two men had assaulted her in the hotel room.
The men were arrested Sunday and were sent to the Burnside jail.
– with files from The Canadian Press.