Bail revoked for Toronto PhD student convicted in 2015 sexual assault

Toronto – A Toronto man convicted in a high-profile sexual assault case is going to jail after a judge revoked his bail.

Mustafa Ururyar was found guilty last Thursday of sexually assaulting fellow York University PhD student Mandi Gray, with whom he was having a casual relationship.

On Monday, Justice Marvin Zuker revoked Ururyar’s bail – he would have otherwise been in the community until his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for this fall.

The Crown is asking for a sentence of 15 to 18 months in jail, plus a period of probation.

Gray, who waived the standard publication ban on the identity of complainants in sexual assault cases, took to Twitter to respond to the bail decision.

“I don’t feel any joy about someone going to jail,” she wrote. “I feel a lot of sadness. All I wanted was to return to campus without further trauma.”

Ururyar’s attorney, Lisa Bristow, says she is appealing the revocation, but declined to comment further on the case.

Ururyar sexually assaulted Gray at his apartment in the early hours of January 31, 2015.

The couple had spent the previous evening with friends at two bars in downtown Toronto.

At the end of the night, Ururyar became angry when a sexual encounter he wanted with Gray and one of her friends did not materialize.

At his apartment, Ururyar grabbed the back of Gray’s head and forced her to perform oral sex before he raped her, Gray testified.

Gray said she did not try to fight back during the assault because she was afraid of what else Ururyar might do.

Gray has publicly alleged the university mishandled her case and has since become a central figure in the fight against campus assaults.

After the guilty verdict was handed down last week, Gray issued a written statement in which she said she was “tired of people talking to me like I won some sort of rape lottery because the legal system did what it is supposed to do.”

She also said in the statement that it was her numerous privileges of being an educated, white, heterosexual woman that helped get her case to trial.

By Peter Goffin
The Canadian Press

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