Brief court appearance for accused in South Surrey sex assault

Proceedings for South Surrey accused adjourned until Dec. 9.

The man accused of a brazen sexual assault on a South Surrey senior last August made a brief appearance in Surrey Provincial Court Wednesday.

Stephen Thomas Morse addressed Judge Ellen Gordon by video, dressed in a red, prison-issue sweater.

Publication bans prohibit disclosure of evidence presented during the proceedings.

Defence counsel Craig Sicotte and Crown Natalie Fowlds agreed to adjourn the matter until Dec. 9.

Morse, a Langley resident, was arrested on Sept. 4, and remains in custody on charges of aggravated sexual assault, forcible confinement, break-and-enter, robbery, disguise with intent and use of imitation firearm.

In announcing an arrest in the Aug. 12 attack on the senior, police described the crime as “repulsive.” It happened in broad daylight, and prompted police to issue a community warning.

In an attempt to locate the perpetrator, investigators released security-camera images of a man using the ATM at the Brookswood RBC the afternoon of Aug. 12, in the 20000-block of 40 Avenue.

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