TORONTO — Prosecutors allege Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard repeatedly and violently raped a teen lady and a younger lady in two separate incidents months aside, leaving every of them bleeding, bruised and sore as they left his Toronto-area resort.
In a gap assertion to jurors Thursday, Crown legal professional Kelly Slate laid out the proof prosecutors anticipate will emerge within the singer’s trial over the following few weeks.
Every complainant is anticipated to testify that what occurred in Hoggard’s resort room within the fall 2016 wasn’t what she envisioned or needed, and that she was “crying and saying no” all through the hours-long incident, Slate advised the courtroom.
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An agreed assertion of information learn in courtroom Thursday mentioned Hoggard had a “sexual encounter” with every of the complainants on the times they got here to his resort.
The musician has pleaded not responsible to 2 counts of sexual assault inflicting bodily hurt and one among sexual interference, a cost that refers back to the sexual touching of somebody beneath the age of 16.
Prosecutors mentioned courtroom will hear the primary complainant was a longtime fan of Hedley, the band Hoggard fronted, and went to one among their reveals for the primary time at age 10.
The lady met Hoggard after a present she attended together with her mother and father for her thirteenth birthday, Slate mentioned. Hoggard exchanged telephone numbers with the lady’s mother and father and, over time, helped them receive tickets and backstage passes for different Hedley reveals, she mentioned.
They started speaking immediately after the lady copied Hoggard’s quantity from her mom’s telephone when she was 15, and the Crown alleges the messages grew to become “romantic and sexual in nature.”
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Hoggard “advised her she was stunning, that he liked her and that he noticed a future together with her,” Slate alleged.
Hoggard organized for the teenager to come back to a Hedley present at what’s now the Scotiabank Area in Toronto in April 2016, sending a limo to select up the lady and two associates of their hometown north of town, based on the agreed assertion of information.
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The Crown alleges that after backstage, the singer was “overly affectionate” with the teenager, touching her buttocks and at one level attempting to kiss her neck when she was too younger to consent.
Months later, when the lady was 16, the 2 made plans to fulfill up in Toronto on one among her PA days, the Crown mentioned. Hoggard had a limo choose the lady up and produce her to his resort in Mississauga, Ont., the place prosecutors allege he repeatedly raped her, tried anal intercourse, slapped her and spit in her mouth.
“This lasted for a number of hours,” Slate mentioned.
The lady left early after pretending she had been known as in to work, then blocked Hoggard from messaging her and by no means went to a Hedley live performance once more, prosecutors mentioned.
The agreed assertion of information mentioned the lady went to the hospital on Oct. 12, 2016, practically two weeks after the alleged incident.
The second complainant met Hoggard on Tinder when he was in Ottawa to carry out for WE Day, and the 2 started exchanging messages via textual content and Snapchat, the Crown mentioned.
They deliberate to fulfill in Toronto in November 2016, and whereas the lady anticipated they might be having intercourse, she didn’t consent to what occurred, Slate mentioned.
Hoggard bought practice tickets for the lady to come back see him in Toronto, based on the agreed assertion of information.
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Prosecutors allege Hoggard raped the lady vaginally, anally and orally over a number of hours, slapped her, spit in her mouth and choked her so she couldn’t breathe. At one level, the Crown says, he dragged her to the toilet by her legs.
The girl took the practice again to Ottawa that night and her then-roommates are anticipated to testify that she was “upset, crying and emotional” when she received residence, Slate mentioned. One noticed that she may barely sit down and had hassle strolling, the Crown mentioned.
She went to the physician inside per week of the alleged incident, in accordance the the agreed assertion of information.
Hoggard was arrested and charged in 2018 and a preliminary listening to was held the next 12 months.
He was initially set to face trial in January 2021 however the case was postponed on a number of events as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, which noticed new jury trials placed on maintain for months.
Neither complainant might be recognized beneath a publication ban. The identities of a number of witnesses are additionally protected beneath the ban.
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