Truck driver facing extradition to US following alleged sexual assault of minor

A former truck driver jailed in Canada has been committed to extradition to the United states for an alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. 

64-year-old Narinder Singh Bains is currently in custody at the Port Coquitlam jail in British Columbia, Canada for an alleged sexual assault in June of 2000 in Fairmont, Minnesota.  According to Casta News, Bains met the 16-year-old girl at a McDonald’s where she was waiting for a friend. At the time, Bains gave himself the name “Paul Bains,” and offered to buy the girl something to eat.

He then took her back to his truck, where the two viewed a pornographic movie in the cab, “which made her uncomfortable,” according to her testimony. The girl then says she wanted to leave, but Bains began to kiss her and touch her sexually.  “While he was touching her, the Victim told Bains to stop and that she wanted to leave, but Bains held her by her waist and would not let her go,” the court documents read. 

The girl then says that Bains only let her leave once she gave him her phone number.  Bains has since argued that evidence presented in the case did not specify whether the descriptions of the events were based on the girl’s original testimony to the police 20 years ago, or based on her current memory as a now 36-year-old woman. However, the judge determined that Bains presented no evidence pointing towards the woman’s testimony being “manifestly unreliable or defective,” and that “evidence exists upon which a reasonable jury, properly instructed, could return a verdict of guilty.”

Bains was taken into custody on the day of the ruling, September 23rd.

He is currently being held at North Fraser Pretrial Centre in Port Coquitlam in Canada until the Minister of justice decides whether to surrender Bains to the United States, which may happen as early as the final week of October.

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