The trial for an alleged Kelowna pimp has been delayed more than five months to accommodate a new lawyer.
Simon Walter Rypiak is charged with four counts of procuring a person to have sexual intercourse, three counts of material benefit from sexual services, two counts of procuring a person under 18 years old for sexual intercourse, one count of trafficking a person, one count of sexual assault, two counts of assault and one count of assault causing bodily harm.
In August 2016, Kelowna RCMP said an investigation had led them to nine alleged victims across B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec.
The victims ranged in age from 15 to 20 years old, most of whom were believed to have been recruited online through social media platforms.
Investigators said they believed Rypiak used physical violence to “maintain control of his victims, whom he forced to work as escorts for him.”
In a Kelowna court Monday, Rypiak made an application to postpone the trial, which was previously set for three weeks, starting Oct. 22.
“The trial was adjourned after an application by the accused to accommodate new counsel,” said Dan McLaughlin, spokesperson for the BC Prosecution Service.
The court granted his application, and new trial dates were set for April 8-30, 2019.
Justice Alison Beames had previously told Rypiak if he did not retain a lawyer, he would have to represent himself in the trial.