North Preston man charged with gang sexual assault, kidnapping denied bail

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HALIFAX - An 18-year-old man facing sexual assault and human trafficking charges after a 15-year-old girl was confined in a North Preston home has been denied bail.

Doreze Marvin Beals leaving the Dartmouth provincial courthouse on Monday.

Doreze Marvin Beals was one of two 18-year-old men arrested and charged with a long list of offences including gang sexual assault, uttering threats, kidnapping, unlawful confinement, procuring illicit sex and sexual assault causing bodily harm in April.

Police were called to North Preston for reports of shots fired at a home on Clarence Street just before 9 p.m. on April 10. They found the young victim, who told police she’d been held in the basement of another home on the street for two days before she escaped.

One of the two suspects was arrested in the area on Thursday evening. The second was arrested in Windsor.

Police have said the human trafficking charges are related to their suspicion that Beals and his co-accused, Andre Jerome Gray, were going to force the 15-year-old girl into prostitution.

Beals also faces charges of assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon and breach of probation. He was denied bail on Monday and his next court appearance has been set for June.

Gray’s bail hearing is expected to wrap up next week. Gray remains in custody.

Geographic location: North Preston, Clarence Street, Windsor

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