Two doctors have been found not guilty of sexually assaulting and drugging a 23-year-old medical student three years ago in a downtown Toronto hotel room.
The lengthy ruling was delivered by Superior Court Justice Julie Thorburn Thursday morning before a packed courtroom.
Thorburn found that there was reasonable doubt that the woman did not consent to sexual encounters that night.
There is no evidence to support Crown assertion that the doctors planned to drug and sexually assault the woman, Thorburn said. The woman appeared to be in full command of her faculties according to hotel security video taken shortly before the alleged assault, she said.
Dr. Amitabh Chauhan and Dr. Suganthan Kayilasanathan, both 36, were charged with gang sexual assault and administering a drug with intent to stupefy in 2011. They pleaded not guilty to all charges at the start of the judge-alone trial in April and testified that the sexual contact that did occur was consensual.
Chauhan was also found not guilty on additional charges of sexual assault and drugging an ex-girlfriend in a fall 2003 incident in Kingston.
Chauhan claimed that incident never happened.
He was not in Kingston on the weekend the woman testified the alleged sexual assault happened, Thorburn found.
A friend the woman recalled being in Kingston that weekend was also out of the country at the time.
The identities of both women are covered by a publication ban.
- a man entered the home and sexually assaulted her
Sivakumar Sivagnanam, 63, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with:
1) two counts of Being Unlawfully in a Dwelling 2) two counts of Sexual Assault 3) two counts of Sexual Interference 4) Forcible Confinement
He appeared in court at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East on Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10 a.m., courtroom 412.
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As payback for dumping their friend, two doctors hatched a plot to drug and sexually assault a woman in a downtown hotel, a Crown prosecutor suggested at the doctors’ trial Monday — to the surprise of the defence.
“They wanted you in on the plan as well, because she dumped you,” Crown prosecuter Cara Sweeny suggested to the friend, also a doctor, during cross-examination. “This was a way for you to get some kind of revenge.” Continue reading →
Le boxeur Jean Pascal a été rencontré par les policiers hier après-midi et aucune accusation n’a été déposée contre lui.
Le champion de boxe est toujours considéré comme un témoin important dans le cadre de l’enquête de la présumée agression sexuelle survenue dans sa résidence.
Jean Pascal s’est rendu aux bureaux des enquêteurs à 14 heures avec son avocat. «Il est impossible d’entrer dans les détails de la rencontre pour ne pas nuire à l’enquête, mais l’entretien est complété. Nous n’avons pas prévu de le rencontrer à nouveau pour le moment; tout dépend de l’avancement de l’enquête», explique le porte-parole de la Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville, Jonathan Germain.
Les policiers ont aussi rencontré plusieurs témoins et aucun d’entre eux n’a été identifié comme suspect. Aucune accusation n’a donc été déposée jusqu’à présent. Les enquêteurs poursuivent donc leur travail afin de faire la lumière sur les événements qui se seraient produits dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche à la résidence du boxeur à Lorraine, dans la banlieue nord de Montréal.
The Masjid Al-Hidayah and Islamic Cultural Centre is in Port Coquitlam, B.C. (CBC)
A Port Coquitlam imam has been charged with one count of sexual assault for an incident allegedly occurred at the Masjid Al-Hidayah and Islamic Cultural Centre.
RCMP say Saadeldin Bahr, who also uses the name Dr. Saad, is facing one charge of sexual assault.
“The Coquitlam RCMP Sex Crimes Unit continues to investigate the current allegation against Mr. Bahr and is interested in hearing from anyone who has information that could advance the investigation,” said a statement released by police on Thursday.
“In addition, as there is a possibility of additional victims, investigators are encouraging anyone with information about other incidents to come forward. All tips and information will be followed up,” said the statement.
Police say no other information about the incident will be released in order to protect the identity of the alleged victim.
A day after being acquitted of sex-related charges, a former Toronto imam was arrested Wednesday for extradition to the United States. Mohammad Masroor, 50, is wanted in Michigan and Florida on charges of criminal sexual contact with a person under 13, Toronto Police said.