Testimony in rape trial leaves doubts: Defence
Wed, September 19, 2007
By SEAN MCKIBBON, COURTS BUREAU
|A young Inuk woman's account of being
sexually assaulted by three men is too unreliable to prove
guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, defence lawyer Michael
Spratt told a jury yesterday.
"How can you rely on her story when her memory keeps
changing?" Spratt asked the jury in closing submissions in
the sexual assault causing bodily harm trial of Gideon
The woman, a Nunavut resident from a small community of
about 1,500 people, said she was taken against her will to a
rooming house and sexually assaulted after she asked
strangers for a ride back to her hotel room from a bar.
Spratt, however, said although the woman testified she
tried to open the rear door of the car while it was it was
in motion, police later found the car was a two-door model.
Spratt also said neighbours in the rooming house didn't
hear screaming and noted one witness said the woman was
smiling when she entered the building.
|Crown prosecutor Walter Devenz, however,
said the woman had no reason to lie about the sexual
assault. He said she had to recount very traumatic events
numerous times in a language that was not her first and she
did not appear to be crying wolf.
He also noted Antonato's DNA was found inside the woman
and on her clothing. He said the woman admitted to being
drunk on the night in question and that one of Antonato's
neighbours heard a woman crying that night.