Man faces sexual assault charge in Pemberton incident

Woman suffers head, cheek fractures in alleged domestic atttack

A Surrey man was arrested and faces a charge of aggravated sexual assault in connection with an incident that occurred in one of the units at the Pemberton Valley Lodge last week.

On Friday (June 11) at around 5:50 p.m., Pemberton RCMP officers were called to the scene of an assault in progress at the lodge. When they arrived, they found a woman who appeared to have been badly beaten and was bleeding from her head.

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The victim was first taken to the Pemberton Health Centre, then transported to Vancouver General Hospital for further treatment, RCMP Sgt. Shawn LeMay said in a statement.

The woman suffered fractures to her left orbital bone and cheek, cuts to her back and legs and bleeding from her skull, LeMay said.

Police believe the victim and assailant may have known each other and that the assault was "domestic in nature." However, it's believed that it was not a targeted attack, he said.

As a result of their investigation, police arrested Jeffrey Gosse, 40, of Surrey. He made a first appearance on Monday (June 14) in North Vancouver Provincial Court, where he was ordered to remain in police custody until his next court appearance. Pemberton RCMP and the Sea to Sky General Investigation Unit are continuing to investigate the incident.

Man injured in fall

A 26-year-old man was seriously injured in a fall from a second-story deck during a house party at a home on Nesters Road in Whistler on Saturday (June 12).

A B.C. Ambulance crew, Whistler Fire Rescue Services and Whistler RCMP responded to the scene of the incident, RCMP Sgt. Shawn LeMay said in a statement. The victim was rushed to Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver suffering from "serious" injuries, including head injuries, LeMay said.

On an otherwise quiet weekend for police, the party was one of the few noise complaints received on the weekend. No criminal charges are in the works, but officers asked about 100 intoxicated people at the party to go on their way as the party was brought to a close, he said.

Whistler RCMP also issued five, 24-hour driving prohibitions for impairment by alcohol during the weekend, LeMay said.

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