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CRIMINAL PROCEDURE - Trial judge’s duties - Charge or directions - Evidence of witnesses

Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 8:32 AM  

Appeal by the accused from conviction for sexual interference. The Crown alleged the appellant sexually touched R, a pre-teenaged girl. The defence argued that R was a confused young girl who had been influenced and coached by her parents’ suggestion that the touching was sexual in nature when it was just innocent tickling. This theory relied heavily on the fact that after R disclosed the incidents in issue to her parents, they waited five months before reporting the matter to the police, and that the parents...