Judge at Ghomeshi trial to review evidence from Crown witness

TORONTO - Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial is to resume today in a Toronto court with closing submissions expected on Thursday.

See Full Article

On Tuesday, the presiding judge agreed to look at evidence from one final witness the Crown wanted to call in the closely watched case.

Crown lawyer Michael Callaghan told court the witness would corroborate allegations made at the trial by Lucy DeCoutere, who testified that Ghomeshi choked her and slapped her while they were kissing in his bedroom in 2003.

Ghomeshi's defence team had opposed calling the witness, saying DeCoutere's cross-examination showed the "the breadth and scope" of her dishonesty.

The witness was unable to travel to Toronto to testify in person, so the Crown and the defence agreed to present the judge with a transcript of the woman's statement to police as well as Facebook messages she exchanged with DeCoutere.

Ghomeshi has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking. The 48-year-old former host of CBC Radio's "Q" acknowledged in 2014 that he engaged in rough sex acts, but said it was consensual.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Anti-Trudeau, anti-racism demonstrators clash in Toronto; four arrested

    Canada News CTV News
    A group of anti-Trudeau protesters and anti-racism counter-demonstrators clashed in Toronto on Saturday. According to organizers, the anti-Trudeau protest was planned as a means of expressing displeasure with the Liberal government’s tax policies, spending and controversial multi-million dollar settlement with former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr. Source
  • In photos: ISIS fighters [Photos]

    World News Toronto Sun
    The war against ISIS has produced a plethora of villains that could have been ripped from the pages of a Marvel comic. A veritable super team of killers and kooks. This sick death cult has long preyed on the young, the foolish, the mentally unbalanced and other assorted losers. Source
  • Fox renewed Bill O'Reilly contract knowing of harassment allegations

    World News CBC News
    The Fox News Channel says the company knew a news analyst planned to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly when it renewed the popular personality's contract in February. The New York Times reported Saturday the company renewed the TV host's contract after he reached a $32-million US settlement with the analyst. Source
  • Georgia Rep. Price says HIV comments taken out of context

    World News CTV News
    Reggie Batiste, left, program manager with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, administers a free HIV test as part of National HIV Testing Day, in Atlanta, on Thursday, June 27, 2013. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Source
  • Ontario hands over last piece of land for Rouge National Urban Park, but skeptics remain

    Canada News CBC News
    More than three decades of work by environmentalists, activists and local politicians culminated Saturday with a major transfer of provincial land to complete the nearly 80-square kilometre Rouge National Urban Park in east Toronto. All in all, Ontario officially handed over its interests in 22.8-square kilometres of land to Parks Canada, which oversees all national parks in the country. Source
  • Bill 62 shows Trudeau's Islamophobia hypocrisy

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    The hypocrisy Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau displayed last week regarding his often-stated commitment to rooting out “Islamophobia” in Canada is breathtaking. That’s because now that he’s confronted with what, according to his own definition, is a textbook example of “Islamophobia” — Bill 62 passed last week by the Liberal government of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard — he’s hedging his bets and running for cover. Source
  • Funeral held for U.S. soldier at centre of Trump fight

    World News CTV News
    COOPER CITY, Fla. -- Mourners remembered not only a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between U.S. President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman but his three comrades who died with him. Source
  • Populist billionaire's party wins big in Czech Republic election

    World News CTV News
    PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The centrist ANO movement led by populist Andrej Babis decisively won the Czech Republic's parliamentary election Saturday in a vote that shifted the country to the right and paved the way for the euroskeptic billionaire to become its next prime minister. Source
  • Winnipeg police searching for missing 13-year-old girl

    Canada News CTV News
    Winnipeg police are searching for a 13-year-old girl that has been missing since Wednesday evening. “I’m worried sick,” Kierra Hather’s mother, Frances Mary Chartrand, told CTV Winnipeg on Saturday. “I don’t know what to think. Source
  • Foreigners who joined ISIS faced almost certain death in Raqqa

    World News CTV News
    PARIS -- The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield. Source