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Winnipeg bus driver killed on the job was facing trial on sex charges

Court documents show Irvine Jubal Fraser was accused of repeatedly assaulting a girl between 1983 and 1991.

Homicide detectives and officers investigate at the scene of a fatal stabbing of a bus driver at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

The Canadian Press

Homicide detectives and officers investigate at the scene of a fatal stabbing of a bus driver at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

The head of Winnipeg's transit union said he was unaware a Winnipeg bus driver who was recently stabbed to death was facing charges of sexual assault and sexual interference.

Court documents show Irvine Jubal Fraser, who was killed Tuesday, had been accused of repeatedly assaulting a girl between 1983 and 1991.

At a preliminary hearing, the complainant alleged Fraser molested her on multiple occasions starting when she was five years old—Fraser denied the allegations.

“I had no knowledge whatsoever (of the charges),” said Amalgamated Transit Union President John Callahan, Thursday.

After missing his initial court date last October, prompting a warrant for his arrest, Fraser turned himself in and a new trial date was set for January of next year.

“He won’t have his day in court now,” Callahan said.

He’s hoping Fraser’s death can “mean something” in the community, and said the accusations coming out just days after his passing is “only going to hurt his family.”

Police say Fraser, 58, died after he was stabbed by a passenger who had fallen asleep on the bus and didn't want to get off at the end of the route.

Brian Kyle Thomas is charged with second-degree murder, possession of a weapon and failing to comply with a probation order.

With Files from The Canadian Press 

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