It’s up to Sofyan Boalag on how the Court of Appeal will proceed with his case. Boalag has filed an appeal but he doesn’t have a lawyer to represent him.
In December, Boalag notified the court he was appealing his sexual assault convictions and the resulting dangerous offender designation. The purpose of today’s proceeding was to determine how to proceed with the appeal. Appearing via video from prison, Boalag said he doesn’t know who will be representing him for the appeal.
At trial he was represented by lawyer Jeff Brace, on a legal aid certificate. Today, Boalag said he would like Brace to continue with his appeal but hasn’t contacted either Brace or Legal Aid. Last year, the 38-year-old was sentenced to an indeterminate prison sentence after being convicted of sexual assault against two women and a 15-year-old girl.
Boalag says the judge who tried the case – as well as the judge who signed warrants during the police investigation – were in a conflict of interest. Boalag also says that police didn’t have a warrant to take his DNA.
Boalag is now serving his sentence. The case remains before the appeals court and no date has been set.