By Darlene Casten
The men responsible for kidnapping and raping a Filipina teen during a horrifying eight-hour ordeal in 2014 have been sentenced to 12 years in jail.
Cody and Corey Manyshots were sentenced Jan. 26 to 12 years in prison for kidnapping, sexual assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats and robbery. With time served, Cody has seven years and three months left to serve and Corey has 7 years and 10 months remaining in his sentence.
The victim was waiting for a bus at a Martindale stop on Nov. 14, 2014 when the brothers approached her and asked for directions. They dragged her into a nearby alley, assaulted and repeatedly raped her. They then forced her to their Martindale residence, where their mother, father and Corey’s girlfriend were present. The brothers continued to rape her in various rooms of the home and smoked crack cocaine. The victim was able to quietly escape in the morning while everyone slept. She wrote some the house number and the name Cody on her hand. When the victim returned home her mother took her to the police station and she was able to lead police back to the home.
Crown prosecutor Jonathon Hak said this crime will always affect the victim, who wasn’t in court for the sentencing.
“I think it’s a very difficult thing to get over,” he said. “I don’t think we expect her to get over it, but she’s moving on with her life.”
The victim has been able to make progress, Hak said.
“She is doing quite well, given the circumstances,” he said.
Hak asked for a 12-year sentence and is pleased with the decision.
“He clearly appreciated the seriousness of the offence,” said Hak. “It is certainly one of the most depraved offences I’ve been involved with.”
The judge ruled they can’t apply parole for over two years, but Hak said he doesn’t expect either man will be eligible in that time.
“We need to keep them in jail as long as possible for community safety,” he said.
In his decision Judge Terry Semenuk also said he doubts the brothers are able to rehabilitate themselves.
“Both accused are not likely to be deterred or rehabilitated within the normal period of parole eligibility,” Semenuk wrote.
Court heard both brothers have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, are drug users and have a criminal record. Corey Manyshots is diagnosed with schizophrenia, has a Grade 5 education and was sexually abused as a child. Cody has a Grade 9 education and has a past conviction for drug trafficking.
Cody’s lawyer, Alain Hepner said he needs time to review the decision before he discusses an appeal with their family.
“I understand it was an egregious case, but I believe there were some mitigating factors that I thought had some weight to them,” he said.
Hepner sought a nine-year sentence for his client.
“They come from a disenfranchised background,” Hepner said. “There is the fetal alcohol diagnosis. They never had proper schooling. Like I said to the judge, they fell through the cracks of life.”
The crime also shook residents in the neighbourhood, who have formed a community group to try to prevent anything like this from happening again.
A number of them attended the sentencing.
“I wanted to continue to show our support of the survivors,” said Karine Ruiz, a spokesperson for the group who has a 17-year-old daughter.
She said the lengthy sentence was a relief and brought tears to her eyes.
The group has created a safety program that includes bring more officers to the community.