TORONTO– A Toronto decide is ready to offer her directions to the jury at present within the sexual assault trial of Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard.
Ontario Superior Court docket Justice Gillian Roberts will lay out the authorized rules jurors should take into account as they resolve on a verdict, after which deliberations will start.
Hoggard, 37, has pleaded not responsible to 2 counts of sexual assault inflicting bodily hurt and certainly one of sexual interference, a cost that pertains to the sexual touching of somebody underneath 16.
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Prosecutors allege the Hedley frontman violently and repeatedly raped a teenage fan and a younger Ottawa girl in Toronto-area resort rooms in separate incidents within the fall of 2016.
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They allege he groped the teenager after a Hedley present in Toronto in April 2016, when she was nonetheless 15.
Defence attorneys allege the groping by no means occurred and the sexual encounters have been consensual. They allege the complainants lied about being raped to cowl up their embarrassment after being rejected by a “rock star.”
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