It was an early summer afternoon on a rural Saskatchewan homestead when the terrifying text message was sent to a father by his youngest daughter.
“There’s someone here with a gun. Help dad.” The girl had just watched a stranger drag her 14-year-old sister into a laundry room at gunpoint. Shequickly locked herself in a bedroom and told her younger brother to “get in the shower and not move.”
William David Angus sexually assaulted the older girl, left the house and fired two shots as the girl’s father chased his mud-caked red Ford Ranger off his Pierceland-area property on July 16, 2018, according to findings contained in a written court decision.
Angus, 45, went to trial in January 2020 and was convicted of five offences: breaking and entering to commit a sexual assault, using a firearm in the commission of the offence, sexual assault with a weapon, discharging a firearm with intent to prevent arrest and unlicensed possession of a firearm.
On Wednesday, Justice Brenda Hildebrandt sentenced Angus in Battleford Court of Queen’s Bench to 19 years in prison: 16 years on the sex assault charge and three years for discharging the Remington 760 rifle, with concurrent sentences on the other charges.
The victim said her father was running an errand when Angus, a stranger, came to the door asking for someone who didn’t live there. After they spoke, the girl closed the door and briefly left the room before returning to lock it. She told court she saw Angus standing inside with “a big, scary looking” gun.
He pulled her into the laundry room and tried to rape her, she said. He then briefly let her go after she asked to find her dog, but pushed her down on a living room couch and attempted to rape her again. The girl said she felt like she was choking as Angus forced her legs over his shoulders. “But then something scared him off, I don’t know what did, but he just kind of finally let me go and he just put his clothes back on and he just ran out the door,” she testified.
The girl’s father, who received the text message from his other daughter while he was driving back from town, saw Angus leaving his property. He testified the man aimed at his truck and fired two shots. Using a shell casing, a police dog helped track Angus to a cow path, where he was hiding behind a fallen tree with the rifle.
The defence did not call any evidence at trial. Hildebrandt said Angus was identified as the attacker through DNA, expert firearm evidence and by the victim. His driver’s licence was also found in the Ford Ranger that multiple witnesses saw leaving the home.
With credit for time spent on remand, 15 years remains on his sentence. He will also be on the sex offender registry, and banned from possessing firearms, for the rest of his life.
Published on: January 8, 2021
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