Winnipeg rapist back in court on drug-trafficking charges



WINNIPEG -- A former local businessman recently convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl is back in custody, accused of trafficking crack cocaine.

Oubay Chebib was convicted Dec. 13 of sexual assault, forcible confinement and uttering threats in a 2008 case but was released on bail pending sentencing.

On Monday, Chebib, former owner of the defunct Fabulous Futon Factory, was in court again.

Police issued a warrant for his arrest Dec. 19 after they found he wasn't living where he said he was, and picked him up the next morning at an intersection, where he appeared to be propositioning a prostitute.

Police said they found him in possession of crack cocaine, $260 cash and two cellphones. Police answered calls on one of the phones from people looking for drugs, court was told.

Chebib should have been "walking on eggshells," Judge Rocky Pollack said before dismissing his bail application.

"He's demonstrated he can't be trusted with an interim release order."

At the sexual assault trial, the now 19-year-old victim told court she and her older sister had been drinking and smoking crack with Chebib at a North End home when her sister left to go for a walk.

The woman said Chebib accused her of stealing his drugs and demanded she strip. When she pulled out a pocket knife and threatened to stab him, she said. Chebib punched her in the head, disarmed her and took off her clothes.

The woman said Chebib digitally penetrated her vagina and anus to "search" for drugs, then tied her to a futon and raped her.

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