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PROCEDURE - Trial judge's duties - Assessing credibility of witnesses

Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 9:53 AM  

Appeal by the accused, DP, from a conviction for three counts of sexual assault and related offences. In 2013, the complainant disclosed to police that he was sexually abused by his stepfather, the accused, eight years earlier when he was nine or ten years of age. The accused described incidents of forced fellatio and physical violence. At trial, the accused testified and acknowledged a turbulent relationship with the complainant's mother. The accused testified that the complainant was a difficult child with severe behavioural issues directed toward...