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Crown, defence anticipated to make closing arguments in Jacob Hoggard intercourse assault trial

Crown, defence anticipated to make closing arguments in Jacob Hoggard intercourse assault trial

TORONTO — Prosecutors and defence legal professionals are anticipated to make their last pitch at the moment to jurors listening to the intercourse assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard.

Hoggard, 37, has pleaded not responsible to 2 counts of sexual assault inflicting bodily hurt and one in every of sexual interference, a cost that refers back to the sexual touching of somebody underneath 16.

The Crown alleges Hoggard, the frontman for the band Hedley, violently and repeatedly raped a teenage fan and a younger girl in separate incidents within the fall of 2016. Each testified they cried and stated no all through the encounters.

It’s additionally alleged Hoggard groped the youthful complainant backstage after a Hedley live performance in Toronto in April 2016, when she was nonetheless 15.

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The defence says the groping by no means occurred, and argues the sexual encounters have been consensual.

Hoggard testified earlier this week that he had consensual, “passionate” intercourse with every of the complainants in Toronto-area motels.

He acknowledged a number of the acts the ladies described — together with spitting, slapping and calling them derogatory names — could have occurred as a result of they have been a part of his sexual repertoire.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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