Supreme Court upholds conviction for sexual assault

Ottawa –

The Supreme Court of Canada says a man convicted of sexually assaulting his long-time partner did not have the right to present evidence about the sexual activity they engaged in shortly before the crime.

The man, identified only as TWW, was convicted after the trial judge refused to allow evidence of the previous encounter.

The woman stated that she and her partner had separated several weeks before the events and that he had moved into a bedroom on the ground floor of their house.

She said that one morning he sexually assaulted her.

TWW attempted to present evidence that they had consensual sexual activity the night before.

Evidence of the complainant’s sexual history is presumed to be inadmissible and the Supreme Court upheld the conviction while upholding the decision to deny admission of the evidence.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 24, 2024.