Sexual Assault – Acquittal

Our client was alleged to have engaged in sexual activity without the consent of the complainant. The trial involved evidence of a friendship, which during the day and evening of drinking, resulted in sexual activity. The issues of consent, intoxication and the credibility or reliability of witnesses was squarely before the court.

Defence Action

We worked hard analyzing the disclosure to find inconsistencies in the crown’s case and the evidence of the complainant. We effectively cross-examined the complainant and other witnesses and because of careful preparation, our client gave his evidence under oath in court and gave compelling information about the night in question.

Decision

The BC Supreme Court Judge examined consent to sexual activity and determined that the crown did not prove the lack of consent beyond a reasonable doubt. The accused was acquitted of all charges.

Regina v J.R., [2020] BCSC Vernon Registry: 52695

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