Fort Res man found not guilty in sexual assault trial

Fort Res man found not guilty in sexual assault trial

A Fort Resolution man charged in the sexual assault of his cousin in 2009 was found not guilty and acquitted by a Fort Smith jury last Thursday afternoon.

The court heard testimony from both the accused, 20 year-old Scott King, and the complainant over the three-day trial at Fort Smith’s court house.

The trial was presided over by NWT Supreme Court Justice Louise Charbonneau.

King was accused of sexually assaulting his cousin while she was sleeping at his house the night before they were to go to the Kamba Winter Carnival in Hay River to compete in a dogsled race.

He maintained that he only “gave her a little nudge” on her upper hip to wake her up.

The 12-person jury was sequestered for three hours on Thursday morning to deliberate. No reasons were given with their verdict.

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