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Ontario appeal court decision reveals complexities of sexual assault cases

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 9:06 AM | By Julie Sobowale

How can a jury acquit on sexual assault but convict on similar offences?

The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled in R. v. K.D.M. 2017 ONCA 510 that the guilty convictions for sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching are consistent with the not guilty finding for sexual assault. This ruling adds to the growing debate on the difficulty of trial judges giving jury instructions in sexual assault cases.

Anne London-Weinstein, Weinstein Law“I think this case reflects a growing complexity in the law of sexual assault,” said Anne...