A witness testifying on the trial of a teen accused of sexually assaulting a scholar at an all-boys Catholic college in Toronto has walked again his earlier testimony on what occurred.
The teenager witness informed courtroom Thursday he now can’t bear in mind who was concerned in certainly one of two sexual assaults that happened on the campus of St. Michael’s School Faculty in 2018.
On the final day of his earlier testimony in early February, the witness testified that the accused ripped down the pants of the sufferer earlier than one other teen shoved a brush deal with into his anus.
A lawyer for the accused teen identified discrepancies between the witness’s testimony final month and what he informed police greater than two years in the past.
“You say ‘there have been so many individuals round so you’ll be able to’t actually see if the fellows are simply pushing his associates or if he is grabbing one of many man’s arms or one thing like that,’ appropriate?” Geary Tomlinson requested the witness.
“Right,” the witness stated.
“You could not clearly see what was happening, appropriate?” Tomlinson requested.
The accused teen has pleaded not responsible to 2 counts every of gang sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon and assault with a weapon.
The costs relate to 2 incidents that happened on Oct. 18, 2018 and Nov. 7, 2018 within the locker room of one of many college’s soccer groups.
No younger particular person within the case will be named resulting from provisions within the Youth Prison Justice Act.
Witness additionally modified testimony on third incident
Court docket has heard from a number of college students who recognized the accused teen as being a part of each incidents.
The teenager witness additionally modified his earlier testimony story on one other alleged sexual assault with a brush that concerned a 3rd sufferer, which courtroom has by no means heard about.
The witness couldn’t establish the sufferer, however stated he was not part of the soccer group.
He initially testified the accused had sexually assaulted this third sufferer with a brush deal with.
“You did not see (the accused) put the broom within the man’s butt, appropriate?” Tomlinson requested.
“Right,” the witness stated.
3 teenagers pleaded responsible
The Nov. 7 incident within the soccer group’s locker room was captured on video, shared on social media and finally performed in courtroom.
Three teenagers have pleaded responsible to sexual assault with a weapon and assault with a weapon for his or her roles within the incidents and have been sentenced to 2 years of probation.
Certainly one of them additionally pleaded responsible to creating little one pornography for recording one of many intercourse assaults in a video that was extensively distributed.
One other scholar obtained a two-year probationary sentence with no jail time after pleading responsible. The costs in opposition to one other scholar have been withdrawn.