Witness says she brought Joseph Yaremko to Saskatoon condominium where alleged sexual assault took place – Saskatoon


The Crown witness who said she brought Joseph Yaremko to his condominium in Saskatoon said she was just trying to help a friendly stranger.

Trisha Hall lived in the same Stonebridge compound where an alleged sexual assault took place, for which Yaremko was charged.

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Hall told the court that she spent most of the day with the man from Warman, Saskatchewan, after entering the Maduro Coffee & Tea office near 45 Street West, in the north of the city.

The court saw security video footage of a man entering the company, where Hall worked at the time, on the morning of June 3, 2019.

Hall testified that she left her workplace before 11 a.m. in order to help Yaremko.

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She said that when he first entered the business, he asked to use the phone.

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Hall said that after talking with him for several minutes, she found him a friendly stranger and someone she felt she had known for a long time.

She noted that she had not told any of her colleagues that she had quit her post and that Yaremko had said he was looking to book a hotel for some employees for his roofing company.

Hall said he did not know the name of the hotel and that she had made suggestions, but soon after noted he was due to meet with his business partner.

She also said he looked exhausted, so she decided to take him to her home in the 100 block of Wellman Crescent so he could have internet access.

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Hall noted that they had been at her house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. where she had fed him and that he had planned to meet her business partner.

She agreed to drive him so that Yaremko could meet his partner.

After this meeting, Hall said Yaremko asked him to drive him to several residences and businesses.

During these stops, she said he would be out of sight for minutes at a time.

She noticed that after one of the stops her hand was bleeding and containing shards of glass.

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Hall said that at this point she was concerned for her safety and that of the man in her vehicle.

She said they returned home around 6 p.m., where they were joined by Hall’s roommate Jocelyn Lachapelle.

Hall and Lachapelle noted that Yaremko started talking more sexually around this time and became more aggressive when seeking to have sex with the couple.

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Hall and Lachapelle both said they didn’t want to sleep with him.

However, Lachapelle said Hall had engaged in his “aggressive flirtation,” but she did not engage Yaremko when he tried to include her in the conversation.

It became so uncomfortable that Lachapelle texted one of Hall’s colleagues that they did not feel safe and he called the police.

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Hall, who said she was also chair of the building’s board, said at one point she felt like she had given him time, walks where he wanted to go and even an old cell phone that she couldn’t do for him anymore and just wanted him to leave her house.

During cross-examination, the defense questioned why Hall would take so much time out of her workday to help a stranger and not tell her co-workers where she was going.

Yaremko’s lawyer also asked Hall that despite her concerns as they drove to different places, she never felt the need to go and leave him.

She said she hoped in helping her that he would leave her alone and that they could get their lives back on their own and that she felt like she was doing something right for a stranger that he had left behind. a sports bag in his house.

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The defense also asked Hall if she had ever met Yaremko, bought him drugs, and if he had ever been to her home or workplace.

Hall answered no to all questions.

The defense said she suggested to Yaremko that he could stay overnight and that she and her roommate could share a room.

At the stand, Hall disputed this, but the defense retrieved an interview Hall had with a Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) officer on July 4, 2019, where she said she asked him if he wanted to stay overnight, but noted that she hadn’t. thought so and hoped he would leave.

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The court also heard the two lawyers agree that building security footage showed Joseph Yaremko walking through the building on June 3.

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Once the police arrived, Lachapelle said she left the building to speak with the police.

Hall and Yaremko left shortly after and Yaremko can be seen walking quickly and eventually running down another hallway as Hall left through the front door.

Hall and Lachapelle testified that this would have taken place minutes before Yaremko entered the alleged victim’s unit.

The victim, a 21-year-old woman at the time of the incident who cannot be named due to a publication ban, testified on Monday.

On Wednesday, the court also heard testimony from several SPS agents who said Yaremko had an arrest warrant from the Craik RCMP when they arrested him on the charges.

The Crown still has a few witnesses to appear on Thursday while the defense will begin calling witnesses later today.

Judge Naheed Bardai also issued a warrant against one of the defense witnesses who did not respond to a request to appear in this trial.

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