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Langford man charged in brutal sexual assault released on bail

Jan 28 2012

A Langford man charged with assaulting and robbing two sex-trade workers has been released on $10,000 bail.

Edward Charles Burman, 31, was arrested in January and charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm, assault and robbery of a sex-trade worker on Feb. 19, 2011. Since his arrest, he has been charged with the aggravated assault and robbery of another sex trade worker in December 2009.

On Friday, Burman, who is in custody at the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, appeared by video in Victoria provincial court. A bald man, with a round face and glasses, Burman listened to submissions from Crown prosecutor Steve Fudge and defence lawyer Chris Massey. Friends and members of his family also attended the proceedings, which cannot be reported because a publication ban is in place.

Judge Sue Wishart agreed to release Burman on a $10,000 surety. She imposed an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew each day unless he is in the company of his surety (who is expected to be his mother), his wife or another adult approved by his bail supervisor.

Burman is not to have any contact with the complainants. He is not to be found in the company of any person he knows to be a sex trade worker.

He is not to operate a motor vehicle unless he has given the licence plate number in advance to his bail supervisor.

Burman is prohibited from entering a Red Zone, bounded by Bay, Blanshard, Yates and Wharf and Store streets. He is also banned from corners on Rock Bay Avenue.

Burman is not allowed to consume alcohol or enter any liquor store, bar, pub or nightclub.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 23.