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Questioning of complainant’s ‘sexual activity’ must be allowed in assault case, court rules

Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:24 AM | By Amanda Jerome

The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial in a sexual assault case as it determined the appellant was denied the opportunity to ask “relevant questions” about the complainant’s sexual activity to assist in his defence.

In R. v. R.V. 2018 ONCA 547 the court heard that the appellant, known on the record as R.V., and the complainant are cousins. According to court documents, the parties’ extended family was camping on the Canada Day long weekend in 2013 when the alleged sexual assault took...