The judge at Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault trial says he will deliver his verdict on March 24.
Justice William Horkins announced the date after the Crown and the defence wrapped up their closing arguments.
Ghomeshi’s defence lawyer says the Crown has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the former broadcaster committed the crimes of sexual assault and choking.
In their closing arguments, lawyers Marie Henein and Danielle Robitaille said that in the course of the trial, Ghomeshi’s three accusers were proved to be unreliable witnesses who withheld information from police and even lied to the court.
The lawyers used especially tough language when summarizing the testimony of one of the complainants “Trailer Park Boys” actress Lucy DeCoutere who’s accused Ghomeshi of choking and repeatedly slapping her while they were kissing in his bedroom.
Henein says DeCoutere’s testimony related to one of the charges overcome resistance by choking doesn’t meet the elements of the offence, since she testified that she was not resisting when Ghomeshi was allegedly choking her.
(The Canadian Press)