Man found guilty of sexually assaulting Barrie woman who later killed herself
|Toronto Star 14 Feb 2018 at 10:34|
BARRIE, ONT.â€”A man has been found guilty in Barrie, Ont., of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman who killed herself before the case got to trial.
Superior Court Justice Robert Gattrell said he had no doubt as to the accusedâ€™s guilt.
Shawn Royâ€™s victim, 20-year-old Kassidi Coyle, took her own life four months after the incident in 2016.
However, the judge ruled that statements she had made right after the attack were admissible as evidence.
Roy, 39, who lives in Quebec, had argued he didnâ€™t remember what happened after he mistakenly climbed into the wrong bed at a friendâ€™s house in the early hours of July 1, 2016.
He said he panicked when he realized someone else was in the bed and left.
In an earlier ruling, Gattrell found recorded statements Coyle made to a 911 operator and to police allowed him to assess her demeanour. Results of a rape kit corroborated her perception of physical contact and the â€śnature of that contact,â€ť he wrote.
Royâ€™s lawyer, David Wilcox, had tried to argue for the exclusion of the statements because Coyle could not be cross-examined on several aspects of her account.