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Self-defence factor in new trial for sex worker who stabbed client

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 9:20 AM | By Terry Davidson

The “totality of the circumstances” must be assessed when self-defence is used to ward off sexual assault — no matter who’s involved, says one lawyer after a new trial was ordered for a “drug-addled” prostitute accused of knifing a john.

This is how Nova Scotia lawyer Roger Burrill describes lessons learned from the Jan. 17 decision in R. v. Francis 2018 NSCA 7, a Nova Scotia Court of Appeal case involving the conviction of Sydney sex worker Michelle Marie Francis following violence in the home of a...